Hitler aide urgedal­lies to help

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - Ste­fan Morkis

AN ABERDEEN aca­demic has un­cov­ered ev­i­dence show­ing how Hitler’s for­mer ad­ju­tant begged the Al­lies to help re­move Hitler from power in 1940.

Dr Thomas We­ber has dis­cov­ered pa­pers be­long­ing to a for­mer British in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer which re­veal how Fritz Wiede­mann, Hitler’s com­mand­ing of­fi­cer dur­ing the First World War, tried to warn the British and Amer­i­can in­tel­li­gence ser­vices about the ex­tent of Hitler’s mega­lo­ma­nia.

Wiede­mann is re­garded as a fa­ther fig­ure to Hitler dur­ing the First World War and backed his nom­i­na­tion for the Iron Cross.

He be­came the Fuhrer’s per­sonal ad­ju­tant in the peace­time years of the Third Re­ich but af­ter a fall-out was ex­iled from his in­ner circle and sent to the US as Ger­man Con­sul Gen­eral to San Fran­cisco in early 1939.

Al­though many in the US be­lieved he was a spy, new ev­i­dence has been found which shows how he sought in­ter­na­tional sup­port to depose Hitler.

The new in­for­ma­tion came to light fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of Dr We­ber’s book, Hitler’s First War, which de­scribed how Wiede­mann met a se­nior British in­tel­li­gence rep­re­sen­ta­tive in a San Fran­cisco ho­tel in 1940.

“Fol­low­ing the pub­li­ca­tion of the book, I stum­bled, amongst the col­lec­tions of Yale Univer­sity, across the pri­vate pa­pers of Sir Wil­liam Wise­man, who met with Wiede­mann, which re­ally give us a true flavour of the lengths he was pre­pared to go to in act­ing against Hitler,” Dr We­ber said.

Ac­cord­ing to Wiede­man, Hitler con­sid­ered him­self a “su­pe­rior Napoleon” who could con­quer the world.

Fol­low­ing Nazi Ger­many’s de­feat in the Bat­tle of Bri­tain, Wiede­mann in­formed British in­tel­li­gence Hitler did not know what to do and the Al­lies should use the op­por­tu­nity to “strike back at Ger­many hard”.

Dr We­ber added: “Fas­ci­nat­ingly, the in­tel­li­gence files also men­tion a num­ber of Wiede­mann’s as­so­ci­ates in Ger­many who also were pre­pared to act against Hitler in 1940 in­clud­ing Hjal­mar Schacht, the pres­i­dent of the Ger­man Cen­tral Bank and Hitler’s eco­nom­ics min­is­ter.

“Schacht and many oth­ers did claim af­ter 1945 that they had been pre­pared to act early on in the war, and not only once Hitler’s war ef­fort turned sour, but their post-war claims have been dis­missed as apolo­getic at­tempts to save their skins.

“This new ev­i­dence shows that there may have been truth in these claims.”

Dr We­ber said new ev­i­dence also demon­strates how Wiede­mann helped sev­eral Jewish fam­i­lies es­cape the Third Re­ich.

Jes­sica En­nis with her gold medal in Sh­effield city cen­tre.

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