That nice man Joseph Farrell raised the subject of Martin Bormann in our interview last week with Tino van Struckman. There is no doubt that ‘von’ Bormann, a man so nasty with respect that he could have been a European Commissioner or even a Cabinet Secretary, was born in Wegeleben, near Halberstadt, Prussia, in 1900. (In World War 1 Halberstadt was an important aircraft works.) The issue is when Bormann died. Bormann was a key player in Nazi Germany. Adolf Hitler’s private secretary, he ended up controlling access to the Führer. By 1943 he was effectively in charge of Germany’s internal affairs. He was heavily involved in the persecution of Jews and gays.
Moreover – and this is the key to what happened in 1945 – he was Abwehr and then DVD, reporting to Herr Admiral. Our community partner Adolf Hitler was only his nominal boss. Access denial and information control, in which Bormann specialised, are standard German intelligence methods. They were used very effectively for example by the Cabinet Office to prevent ousted British Prime Minister Liz Truss from receiving good advice and to keep her in the dark.
The Joint Intelligence Committee uses methods very similar to Bormann’s, seeing its primary function as ensuring that Prime Ministers operate blindly. Like Bormann it’s been a great bureaucratic success – British Prime Ministers are amongst the most ignorant of world leaders.
The Official Version of Events
Officially Bormann stayed behind in the Reich Chancellery when his brother Albert, who died in 1989, flew to Obersalzburg, near Berchtesgaden, Hitler’s retreat. He allegedly tried to escape the encircling Red Army on May 1st 1945, after our community partner the Führer allegedly topped himself.
Bormann was supposedly accompanied by SS-Sturmbannführer Dr Ludwig Stumpfegger, Hitler’s personal surgeon and a doctor so bent he could have been a Chief Medical Officer – the sort of doctor who thinks that Covid comes from bats. Hitler Youth leader Artur Axmann was also officially a member of the party.
The intrepid trio are supposed to have tried to cross the River Spree behind a Tiger tank, which was allegedly knocked out. They became separated and Dr Stumpfegger supposedly found the bodies of the other two, near Lehrter station. The Russians however never found the bodies.
The story is full of holes. The only court ever convened to try the issue, the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg, rejected the suggestion that Bormann was dead. He was tried in absentia and very properly sentenced to death as a war criminal, which he was.
Bormann’s body was allegedly found in 1972, its identity being confirmed by dental records reconstructed from memory by none other than Hitler’s own dentist (!). A DNA test conducted in Munich in 1998 is supposed to have confirmed it.
The DNA test was however ordered by the German federal government, whose head was the very dodgy Helmut Kohl, no offense intended. Indeed he was even dodgier than Olaf Scholz. Moreover the remains said to be Bormann’s were cremated the following year.
There is no doubting the integrity of Herr Professor Wolfgang Eisenmenger, Germany’s most distinguished forensic pathologist, to whom I have copied this column as a courtesy, who conducted the test. The problem is with the samples.
It is often said that DNA doesn’t lie, which is true, up to a point. The interpretation of DNA results requires expertise. If the samples are of related individuals the test results are less reliable, for example.
When dealing with a high-ranking Abwehr/DVD officer like SS-Obergruppenführer Martin Bormann however DNA tests need to be treated with caution. They could easily have been manipulated. Put another way whilst the sample comparison may have been conducted skilfully and in good faith by Professor Eisenmenger, he had no control over how the samples were gathered.
DNA tests moreover only confirm, or tend to confirm, identity, or the opposite. They tell us nothing about how someone died, or why, or when. The fact that the body allegedly found near Lehrter station looked like the Obergruppenführer doesn’t tell us very much.
Most senior German intelligence officers had doppelgängers, who by definition looked like the principal. There would have been little point, for example, in Hermann Goering having a slim doppelgänger with a beard! The post war South American sightings of Bormann were almost certainly of assorted doppelgängers.
There were so many Jerry doppelgängers running around South America after the war that they could have organised a soccer team, although it still would probably have been beaten by Japan. Indeed they could probably have organised a competition. (The Adolf Hitler Challenge Cup?)
I should explain that unlike a booking in a long running musical engagement as a doppelgänger had its drawbacks. If the principal needed to be bumped off for any reason, for example, then your engagement was terminated, along with you of course.
The reliable post war sighting
In July 1946 Bormann’s long time chauffeur, Jakob Glas, saw him in Munich. This sighting has largely been discounted by historians, but this may be an example of ‘my cat is a dog’ syndrome. My cat has four legs, so does my dog, therefore my cat must be a dog. Most sightings of Bormann have been of doppelgängers or have been flawed in other ways, therefore Jakob Glas’s sighting must have been of a doppelgänger, or flawed in some other way.
Munich of course was near the DVD’s headquarters in Dachau, and not far from Hitler’s hideaway in the Austrian Alps. It was roughly where we would expect Bormann to be.
I consider that Jakob Glas did indeed see his former boss. The last place where the DVD would put a doppelgänger would be Munich! It would be like trying to hide a double for William Burns in Maclean.
I also respectfully agree with the International Military Tribunal, which on October 15th 1946 sentenced Bormann to death for war crimes and rightly so. The Tribunal was not persuaded that Bormann was dead. Had they been briefed in on the DVD, as they should have been, they would have been even less convinced.
Then there’s the EEC, which became the even more evil EU, no offense intended. Whilst the Obergruppenführer was not a nice man, no offense intended, although he was almost certainly nicer than the average Cabinet Secretary (or, if you prefer, Kabinettratsführer), he was undeniably a capable administrator.
Reporting to Admiral Canaris (he was too smart to be a Nazi) he was highly effective in denying information to the Führer and in frustrating the Führer’s wishes, to the greater benefit of Germany, since the Führer, like fellow dictator Joe Biden, no offense intended, got most things wrong. There has always been a suspicion that an evil administrative genius lay behind the EEC. The European Commission has never exactly been a collection of geniuses, or, if you prefer, genii.
My conclusion, necessarily tentative, since Germany is such a secretive society and the DVD operates behind closed doors, is that the man who died in Berlin in 1945 was one of Martin Bormann’s doppelgängers. The Obergruppenführer probably flew out of Berlin on the same plane as Hitler and his doctor, and probably continued to act as his private secretary until his death, in Austria, in or about 1951.
I also conclude that Bormann died in either 1971 or 1972, which allowed the DVD to inter his remains near to where the doppelgänger had been bumped off in ’45. Professor Eisenmenger’s DNA test was undoubtedly correct, but as indicated it does not tell us when Bormann died or where. The DNA test was probably ordered to clear the way for Bormann’s cremation, which prevented tests on the age of the skeleton.
German intelligence are rather good at killing people, depositing bodies all over Germany, ageing skeletons and pretending that major players have died. For decades we in the West were led to believe that Admiral Canaris (post war photograph below) had been executed by our community partners the SS in 1945.
Up till now historical analysis has been distorted by the theory that Bormann was a Nazi – what Professor Law would describe as an intellectual black hole, a bit like global warming. The argument, put last week by my fellow intelligence author Joseph Farrell, that Bormann was involved in the planning for the Kennedy Assassination in 1963 now gains greater weight.
We can’t be sure until Germany’s final defeat and the breakup of the DVD, when we’ll get a peek at Bormann’s file. The ersatz defeat in 1945 of course got rid of the Nazis but solved very little else. It’s brought us more than 75 years of wars, coups, assassinations, genocide (AIDS and Covid, for example), terrorism, the Cold War and the EU.
This isn’t actually the World Cup, but you get the idea!
The World Cup
Well done the USA for holding us to a draw! As usual the odds have been rigged against England. There hasn’t been a level playing field in a World Cup since 1938.
The Football Association, being intelligence illiterate with respect, have sent yet another England team into the lion’s den, with wholly inadequate briefing. The DVD may be the Bad Guys, but they’re not stupid. They have long understood the huge boost for national morale which sporting victories can deliver. They have therefore developed a series of tactics for use against England in soccer tournaments.
These include but are not limited to: assassinating key players before a World Cup (for example Duncan Edwards in 1958), paying opposing players to attack England’s best players, usually aiming at their ankles or feet, either in the run-up to an international tournament or in the group stages, arranging for the England captain to be arrested on a trumped up charge, causing a team plane to crash (Munich, 1958, the team being Manchester United, which contained several England players), paying off the referee and paying England players to miss crucial penalty kicks.
Thankfully the plane carrying the England team got to Doha safely and none of the team has been assassinated, leastways not yet. So far as I know nobody’s checked on that Brazilian referee’s bank accounts. Good luck to England! They’ll need it!
This week’s movie review: Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (2022, dirs Will Speck and Josh Gordon)
Please don’t write in and ask why I’m not watching movies made for my intellectual level. There aren’t any! In fact I find the more intellectual a movie aims to be the more pretentious and boring it is.
Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile is neither pretentious nor boring. It’s actually quite fun. Of course you have to suspend belief – there aren’t actually that many singing crocodiles about. However you have to suspend belief every time you read a UN report on global warming or a European Commission press release. The Anthropogenic Global Warming Hypothesis is about as scientific as the idea of a singing crocodile.
Lyle is cute, the music is rather good and Javier Bardem turns in an excellent performance as Hector P. Valenti, Lyle’s owner. He’s a baddy, but not such a baddy that he could be a European Commissioner. That is to say he has some human qualities.
The movie has a point to make, about not letting lack of confidence holding you back. You’ll enjoy it – it will make you smile. Let’s face it with Rishi Sunak in Downing St and Joe Biden in the White House we all need cheering up!
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Michael Shrimpton was a barrister from his call to the Bar in London in 1983 until being disbarred in 2019 over a fraudulently obtained conviction. He is a specialist in National Security and Constitutional Law, Strategic Intelligence and Counter-terrorism. He is a former Adjunct Professor of Intelligence Studies at the American Military University.
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