Combat Group Against Inhumanity

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Edward L. Hsiao
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Combat Group Against Inhumanity

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 04 Mar 2021 07:03

Were there any action reports of sabotage campaign inside East Germany made by Kampfgruppe gegen Unmenschlichkeit (Combat Group Against Inhumanity)?
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Re: Combat Group Against Inhumanity

Post by Sid Guttridge » 04 Mar 2021 07:36

Hi Edward,

One has to wonder where Kampfgruppe gegen Unmenschlichkeit was over 1941 to 1945?

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Re: Combat Group Against Inhumanity

Post by Edward L. Hsiao » 16 Mar 2021 02:26

Kampfgruppe gegen Unmenschlichkeit was founded in 1948 by Rainer Hildebrandt,Ernst Brenda,and others. I need more information about this group.
Otherwise go find the information in Wikipedia.
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Re: Combat Group Against Inhumanity

Post by Tamari » 16 Mar 2021 02:40

Hi Edward, hi Sid,

according to my knowledge KGU was also joined by former Wehrmacht and SS members.

In German literature especially from the Unabhängige Historikerkommission (UHK) of the Bundesnachrichtendienst you can find a lot about KGU and the fight of GDR's Ministry of State Security (MfS/Stasi) against this group.

But you can also find here some specific raw material:

https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/search/site/Dtlinen

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Robert

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Re: Combat Group Against Inhumanity

Post by Sid Guttridge » 16 Mar 2021 07:41

Hi Tamari,

It seems as though the founders, like Rainer Hildebrandt and Ernst Benda, were anti-Nazis. Hildebrandt had been associated with Haushofer Circle, which was on the periphery of the Bomb Plot against Hitler in July 1944, and was imprisoned for 17 months by the Nazis for "undermining the armed forces". Benda was a member of the CDU and an active supporter of Israel.

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Re: Combat Group Against Inhumanity

Post by Tamari » 16 Mar 2021 15:00

Hi Sid,

thank you for reply. You are totally right about the KGU and its founders Ernst Benda and Rainer Hildebrandt. Both were of good character and fought for good goals.

Benda had half-jewish relatives and he served during the war as W/T operator in the Schnellbootlehrdivision. After the war he was Minister of Interior and chief justice of the constitution court.
In the 1960ties Benda was an advocate in the political scenery that Nazi murders should not have a judicial limititation period.

The problem is that especially at the beginning of the Cold War military and intelligence institutions had brought in many Nazi crooks to fight against world communism. But many of KGU were young and open mindend democrats who wanted a real re-start for Germany.

The historian Enrico Heitzer had the following opinion about KGU (translated with GoogleTranslator)

For Enrico Heitzer, the CIA set the tone in the KgU from 1951: "It financed it almost completely and largely determined the course." Before that, it would have had the Gehlen organization and other American and British secret services from the organization, which was initially shaped by former members of the Nazi secret services pushed. The humanitarian work, which was the focus of their self-portrayal, was actually only carried out by a small part of the KgU. The main focus of the work of the KgU was intelligence intelligence, psychological warfare and sabotage.

There is a chapter written by Enrico Heitzer about Heinrich von zur Mühlen (NSDAP, SA and SS member and soldier of Wehrmachtspropaganda) in the book Helmut Müller-Enbergs; Armin Wagner (Hrsg.): Spione und Nachrichtenhändler: Geheimdienst-Karrieren in Deutschland 1939–1989. Ch. Links Verlag, Berlin 2016

It could be interesting to research the CIA files to proof Heitzer's statement.

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Re: Combat Group Against Inhumanity

Post by Sid Guttridge » 16 Mar 2021 17:30

Hi Robert,

Thanks for clarifying matters.

Cheers,

Sid

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