Secret Plan Reveals Intention To Bring Nazi Scientists To US

The experts were searching through the documents of Dr. Eugen Haagen, a very clever Nazi scientist who worked on weaponizing viruses. While they were searching for some evidence stating the Third Reich’s progress in building atomic and biochemical warfare, they found reports of terrible slaughter.

A report written by Haagen on Nov. 15, 1943, reads that he was expecting 100 prisoners but he only got 82, since 18 of them died on their way to him. Of the 82 prisoners, he said that only 12 were fit for his experiments, so he requested that other 100 prisoners be sent to him and that they should be aged between 20 and 40 years old, that they should be healthy and that they should be just as fit as soldiers are. The doctor ended his note with “Heil Hitler.”

Haagen became a genius of science after winning a fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation in New York City, after being nominated for a Noble Prize, after he contributed to the creation of the first vaccine for yellow fever. But he also became famous due to some rumors stating that he conducted medical experiments on living humans, the New York Post reports.

On Samuel Goudsmit’s list, based of the investigations he started on this matter, Dr Haagen was placed at the top of the list and followed by other names, some of them related to Haagen or mentioned in his memos, including the Third Reich’s deputy surgeon general, Dr Kurt Blome and another surgeon general, Walter Schreiber. These were the men that at the time America wanted to have and during that same year, many of the Third Reich’s high-ranking scientists were sent to the United States, where they would get perfect jobs, with good salaries and the best perks of living in a free society.

The top secret program was codenamed Paperclip. Author Annie Jacobsen used some newly discovered documents, transcripts and archives to put together all the information necessary for her new book “Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program to Bring Nazi Scientists to America.” The plan, the secrets and the files were all well known and shared by Britain, France and Russia equally.

“Within one year of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the JIC warned the Joint Chiefs of Staff that the United States needed to prepare for ‘total war’ with the Soviets — to include atomic, chemical, and biological warfare — and they even set an estimated start date of 1952,” wrote Jacobsen in her new book.


Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE