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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

CIA WWII WAR CRIMINALS FILES: UKRAINIAN FASCIST MYKOLA LEBED

[UPDATE: 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 publish here the 301-page U.S. Office of Strategic Services/Central Intelligence Agency dossier on WWII-era Ukrainian fascist leader and wanted war criminal  Mykola Lebed, released to almost no acclaim at all on 10 December 2010.

Lebed, who was allowed to escape justice for his WWII-era war crimes with the help of the OSS/CIA  “Rat Line” that provided him with a new identity and which enabled him to obtain US citizenship; he died in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA in 1998 at the ripe old age of 89.  These documents are extremely valuable as they comprise a station-to-station proof of how the CIA’s “Rat Line” worked.  They may well be unique in that regard.  Even a cursory glance through the first 20 pages of this dossier brings home that fact with a vengeance.

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Lebed was the man in the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN) who was responsible for training the assassin and providing the weapons for the 1936 murder of Polish Interior Minister Bronislaw Pieracki.  The Wikipedia article on Lebed charges that “[a]s leader of OUN-B he is responsible for the “ethnic cleansing” of Poles in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia.”  [Source: Wikipedia, “Mykola Lebed”]

We have not yet had the opportunity to review these documents which we retrieved from the CIA website’s Freedom of Information Act Electronic Reading Room.  As soon as we get the chance, we’ll post “highlights” from these files in a more easy-to-download format.  Meanwhile:

CIA_WWII_Nazi_War_Criminals_Files_LEBED_MYKOLA complete 301 pages

Highlights:

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