Open Road Integrated Media has re-issued Christopher Simpson’s The Splendid Blonde Beast. the story how big law and big finance set up the conditions leading to the Holocaust. This book is a prequel to Simpson’s pathbreaking book Blowback which explains how Nazi war criminals popped up all over South America, Canada and the United States.
Simpson, professor of journalism at American University, is not a neutral reporter. He is an advocate. By exposing the relationships between American banks and investment houses, Wall Street law firms, American industrialists and their German counterparts, he makes his case.
Simpson leaves me with three lessons:
- The five million non-Jews who died in the Holocaust were forced laborers from the occupied lands and prisoners of war. With full cooperation from the SS and the Nazi killing machine, these workers were employed in German factories. They were worked and starved to death and died from disease. They lived in private concentration camps run by their employers.
- Nazi Germany lasted as long as it did because of forced labor. Though German men were in the military, and despite heavy bombing by the Allies, German factory production remained high and grew during World War II. Forced labor kept Germany going.
- During the 1960’s, Radio Moscow denounced the “West German revenge seekers.” Radio Moscow was revealing what most Americans did not know. The rise of post- war Germany was due in part to restoration of its business and industrial leadership. Quickly after the surrender of Germany, the U.S. State Department and intelligence elites (think John Foster Dulles, Eisenhower’s secretary of state, and his brother Allen Dulles, head of the Central Intelligence Agency under Eisenhower and Kennedy) pumped up German industry, brought Nazi-era business leaders back to power, and suspended de-Nazification and prosecution of war criminals. They jump started West Germany as an anti-Soviet bulwark.
The Beautiful Blond Beast will shake you up.