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CIA NAZI WAR CRIMINALS FILES: UKRAINIAN FASCIST PRIEST IVAN HRINIOCH

We are pleased to present to our readers the latest in our series of declassified document collections from the CIA’s Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room.  Our series so far has featured documantary proof that the US Government and its secret “intelligence agencies” have been deeply involved in protecting and promoting the Ukrainian fascist movement since the end of World War II.  The US Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and its successor organization, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) conspired to first protect key wanted Ukrainian war criminals – fascist leaders from the Ukraine – from capture and trial by the USSR at the end of the war, and then provided these fascist scum with false biographies and aliases in order to enable them to emigrate to the United States, where they lived out their lives to a ripe old age, all the while providing material and financial support to the fascist underground in the Ukraine.

The primary organization that the CIA decided to enlist in their “holy war” against the Soviet Union were elements of the notorious OUN/B – the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists/ Bandera faction – led by war criminal and collaborator with Hitler’s Nazis Stepan Bandera.  These fascist paramilitary units were responsible for the mass murder of Jews, Poles and communist activists throughout the Ukraine.  Their organization was always supported by the United States since at least 1946 and continues to the present day, as the United States today backs the Svoboda Party in the Ukraine – an organization that traces its roots directly to the OUN/B.

In today’s publication, we present the CIA’s released dossier on Father Ivan Hrinioch – a Ukrainian fascist priest ordained into the Greek Catholic Church in 1934 who later became a lecturer in Theology at the Academy of Theology in Lemberg.  Among his major “accomplishments” as a fascist priest was his proclamation via radio of his church’s blessings upon the new Hitlerite “Ukrainian State” proclaimed by Bandera and his followers in 1941.

Hrinioch was an envoy to the Vatican during the immediate postwar period; this tripartite alliance between the CIA, the Vatican and Eastern European fascist movements has been a difficult subject for researchers of the Nazi era to obtain documentary proof on.  We are happy to provide a small contribution to these studies in the form of these documents.  They have been released since 2010 but to our knowledge have not been given the attention they deserve from anti-fascist writers and scholars.

We heartily recommend that readers new to this subject first take a look at the National Archive’s companion essay to these documents that was produced at the time of the document release:   “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Ciminals, U.S. Intelligence and the Cold War”  by Richard Breitman and Norman J.W. Goda.  Chapter 5 will give you a fine introduction to the fetid swamp of US Government collaboration with these Ukrainian Nazis.  Far from being an new development, these documents show that from the OSS’ William Donovan to Sen. John McCain, there is an unbroken thread of US Government support being given to the Ukrainian fascist movement.

— IWPCHI

CIA WWII NAZI WAR CRIMINALS FILES: UKRAINIAN FASCIST PRIEST FATHER IVAN HRINIOCH

From the Files of the CIA: How US Spies Helped Ukrainian Fascist Stefan Bandera Escape Prosecution as WWII War Criminal

[UPDATED:  8 March 2014: added key “smoking gun” excerpts on OSS Rat Line for Bandera from cache of CIA documents on Bandera – IWPCHI]

[UPDATE2: We have come across a pamphlet issued by the National Archives on 10 December 2010  to accompany the release of the cache of declassified CIA documents we present here.  The pamphlet, entitled: “Hitler’s Shadow: Nazi War Criminals, U.S. Intelligence and the Cold War” was written by Richard Breitman and Norman J.W. Goda; it is an indispensable explanatory guide to the documents you will read here. You will find the chapter on the CIA’s use of Ukrainian fascists in Chapter 5, page 81 – IWPCHI]

We are pleased to present to our readers a documentary proof of the US Government’s successful efforts to help Nazi collaborator Ukrainian  fascist Stefan Bandera avoid capture by the Soviet Union at the end of World War II.

The United States Office of Strategic Services – the wartime clandestine service of the US Government – was more interested in pursuing the bipartisan holy war of the US capitalist class against the Soviet Union than they were in prosecuting Nazi war criminals.  The OSS – at the time under the command of Democrat Harry Truman –  completely co-opted whole sections of Hitler’s intelligence operations (the Gehlen Organization being one of the most infamous) and sought out anyone who was willing to help the US destabilize postwar Eastern Europe in an attempt to roll back the gains won during the war by the Red Army.  They called their operation to help Nazi war criminals escape justice “The Rat Line” – it was like an “Underground Railroad” for fascists, run by the United States Government. Then as now, the US ruling class was willing to make common cause with even some of the most notorious war criminals who, like Bandera and his Ukrainian nationalist friends were responsible for organizing paramilitary organizations that carried out wholesale massacres of Poles, Jews and communist workers on the eastern front.  In the same way that the US has repeatedly made common cause with the most disgusting Islamic fundamentalists from all over the Middle East in order to further their imperialist ambitions, at the end of WWII the US capitalist class turned on their erstwhile allies in the USSR the moment the war ended and immediately began recruiting Nazis who had been operating hand-in-glove with Hitler’s Nazis in campaigns against the Soviet-allied partisan groups in places like the Ukraine.

The documents, which we retrieved from the CIA’s own website, where a large tranche of formerly classified documents on Nazi war criminals have recently been released, contain many smoking guns; OSS agents openly discuss their plans to “tip off” Bandera to the fact that he is in danger of being captured by rival, Nazi-hunting elements of the US military and turned over to the Soviets.

1946 – OSS schemes to tip off Bandera to thwart his capture by Soviet Union

We have only had a brief opportunity to review these documents; we are rushing to bring this documentary history of US collaboration with Ukrainian fascists in order to throw a sharp light on their continued work with the descendants of Bandera’s fascists in today’s Ukraine, where scumbags like US Senator John McCain openly appear in public in Kiev with notorious Bandera-worshippers from the Ukrainian fascist Svoboda Party like Oleg Tyahnybok.

John McCain makes public appearance in Kiev with leader of fascist Svoboda Party, Oleg Tyahnybok (right) at his side, 15 December, 2013. [AP Photo]

John McCain makes public appearance in Kiev with leader of fascist Svoboda Party, Oleg Tyahnybok (right) at his side, 15 December, 2013. [AP Photo]

We’ve assembled the entire 293-page CIA dossier on Bandera into a single .pdf file, for your downloading convenience.  Feel free to distribute this all over the world; it is a priceless proof of the boundless depravity of the US capitalist class: the most corrupt, venal and bloodthirsty regime on planet Earth.  The first smoking gun documents we found were on pages 12 and 13 as well as pages 16 through 19, where the plan to tip off Bandera to his imminent capture by US Nazi-hunters and/or the Soviets is hatched by scum from the OSS. [As we review these documents, we’ll post highlights at the end of this article – IWPCHI]

Today, there is an organization in the US that seeks to “honor the memory” of these OSS “heroes”; they call themselves “The OSS Society”.  How disgusting are these cretins?  Once a gang of Nazi-lovers, always a gang of Nazi-lovers! Feast your eyes on this photo:

MG John Singlaub, USA (Ret.), Chairman of The OSS Society, receiving the Bull Simons Award from Admiral Eric Olson, USN, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, in Tampa, FL on May 18, 2011. [Source: The OSS Society website]

MG John Singlaub, USA (Ret.), Chairman of The OSS Society, receiving the Bull Simons Award from Admiral Eric Olson, USN, Commander, U.S. Special Operations Command, in Tampa, FL on May 18, 2011. [Source: The OSS Society website]

Why do we call for workers revolution in the US?  To sweep fascism into the dustbin of history where it belongs, and its sponsors in the worlds’ capitalist classes along with it!  SMASH FASCISM!  FOR WORKERS SOCIALIST REVOLUTION In THE UKRAINE, THE US AND AROUND THE WORLD!

IWPCHI

CIA_Nazi_War_Criminals_Files_Bandera (complete)

BANDERA FILES – SMOKING GUN DOCS:

1946 – OSS schemes to tip off Bandera to thwart his capture by Soviet Union

BANDERA FILES: HIGHLIGHTS

“STEPAN A BANDERA AND THE 1941 ‘UKRAINIAN STATE'” by Petro Yarovyy, Sotsialistichteskiy Vestnik, Jun/Jul 1951