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GarrisonMiniatures Inactive Member31 Mar 2016 8:06 a.m. PST

'Adolf Hitler's most decorated and favoured S.S. killer was signed up by the Israeli secret service Mossad after WW2 as a hitman charged with eliminating former Nazi rocket scientists.'


Definitely comes under the weird heading.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2016 9:27 a.m. PST

That, if true, is just plain bizarre.
If this appeared in a work of fiction, I would definitely throw it against the wall and use the pages for charcoal kindling.

Buff Orpington Inactive Member31 Mar 2016 11:17 a.m. PST

It appears that he had a straight choice, work for us or else.

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2016 12:29 p.m. PST

I heard this on the radio yesterday and literally did a double take. The linked story doesn't mention how utterly unrepentant Skorzeny was. It's interesting that Haaretz relates his behavior at Yad Vashem as "respectful"; his Mossad handlers noted it more as complete indifference.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2016 1:51 p.m. PST

The part of the story that just doesn't ring true to me is that they said Skorzeny actually went to Israel. If I were him I would have kindly bowed out expecting a trap.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP31 Mar 2016 2:52 p.m. PST

Heard this on the radio as well – it did mention that at his funeral "old comrades" gave him a Nazi salute as a "mark of respect". It is pretty bizarre – I almost checked the date (although I think this would be a bit too far for an April Fools!).

Buff Orpington Inactive Member01 Apr 2016 1:05 p.m. PST

The article in the Times made no mention of him going to Israel, Mossad apparently tracked him down in Spain.

Personal logo enfant perdus Supporting Member of TMP01 Apr 2016 3:21 p.m. PST

He wasn't a wanted criminal at the time, so he lived openly in Spain and Ireland. They did approach him in Spain, and were able to convince him they wanted to recruit rather than kill him.

Other than the cringy detail about the Iron Cross being the highest award, this is a good listen:

Parzival03 Apr 2016 6:26 p.m. PST

He would have been the perfect agent for them. If caught, nobody would believe they'd recruited him or that he'd agreed to do the job. If killed, he'd be just another dead Nazi who had it coming. No loss, counts as a win.
But still a bizarre story.

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