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October 20, 2014

World War II war criminal Martin Bartesch is back in the news

Filed under: Germany, Holocaust — Tags: , , — furtherglory @ 10:16 am

Martin Bartesch, a notorious Nazi war criminal, who was briefly at the Mauthausen concentration camp for three whole weeks, during Wold War II, is back in the news; you can read all about it here.

The photo below shows Martesch in a photo belonging to his daughter Ann Bresnen of Chicago, copied from this website:

Photo of Martin Bartesch

Photo of Martin Bartesch

My photo of theMauthausen concentration camp

My photo of the Mauthausen concentration camp (Click on the photo to enlarge)

My photo of the entrance into the Mauthausen concentration camp

My photo of the entrance into the Mauthausen concentration camp (Click on the photo to enlarge)

This quote is from the news story:

OSIJEK, Croatia (AP) – Dozens of suspected Nazi war criminals and SS guards collected millions of dollars in U.S. Social Security benefits after being forced out of the United States, an Associated Press investigation has found.

The payments, underwritten by American taxpayers, flowed through a legal loophole that gave the U.S. Justice Department leverage to persuade Nazi suspects to leave the U.S. If they agreed to go, or simply fled before deportation, they could keep their Social Security, according to interviews and internal U.S. government records.


Austrian authorities were furious upon learning after the fact about a deal made with Martin Bartesch, a former SS guard at the Mauthausen concentration camp in Austria. In 1987, Bartesch landed, unannounced, at the airport in Vienna. Two days later, under the terms of the deal, his U.S. citizenship was revoked.

The Romanian-born Bartesch, who had emigrated to the U.S. in 1955, was suddenly stateless and Austria’s problem. Bartesch continued to receive Social Security benefits until he died in 1989.

I previously blogged about Martin Bartesch on this blog post:

What was the war crime committed by Martin Bartesch?  His crime was that he spoke German and he had been born of an ethnic German mother.

This speech, made by Heinrich Himmler at Munich, on Nov. 8, 1938, explains it:

“Furthermore, Czechoslovakia has become anti-Semitic, all the Balkans are anti-Semitic, the whole of Palestine is engaged in a desperate struggle against the Jews, so that some day there will be no place in the world left for the Jew. He says to himself, this danger will only be removed if the source, if the originating country of anti-Semitism, if Germany is burnt out and destroyed (ausgebrannt und vernichtet). Be clear about it, in the battle which will decide if we are defeated, there will be no reservation remaining for the Germans, all will be starved out and butchered. That will face everyone, be he now an enthusiastic supporter of the Third Reich or not – it will suffice that he speaks German and had a German mother.”

Martin Bartesch emigrated to America after World War II was over.  He received Social Security payments, but he agreed to leave the USA on the condition that he would continue to receive his Social Security payments.


  1. Fail to see why anyone is getting bent outta shape over this. Social Security is an “endangered species “. If this hammerhead is lucky,he’ll be dead before social security is.

    Comment by Tim — October 20, 2014 @ 11:41 pm

  2. The Associated Press has become a branch of whatever new bureaucracy at the Dept. of Justice has taken over the Talmudic vengence duties of the old OSI (Office of Special investigations). Talk about a drain on taxpayer’s dollars! This department of government was as corrupt as them come, paying it’s exclusively Jewish investigators handsome annual saleries and travel expenses to fly around the world looking for witnesses and documents to help keep their lucretive secular civil religion cum shakedown racket the Holocaust in the news with fresh reports about old Axis soldiers they continue to use public funds to flush out of retirement and harass to death. Nazi hunter extraordinaire Ephrim Zuroff and the AP must have made some sort of a sweetheart deal because not a week goes by now without some news about old Nazi war criminals appearing in the media. The other night I watched a History Channel program about The Bielski Brothers, the Polish partisans who saved Jews and were the basis of the movie DEFIANCE. Old bandit and con artist Aron Bielski should be in jail today, but he isn’t because he’s a Hollywood Holoschlock hero.

    Comment by who+dares+wings — October 20, 2014 @ 11:40 am

  3. BTW, as my brother (Martin Jr) pointed out:

    Yes, and let’s not forget that the OSI’s director at the time of dads case was Neal Sher. Here’s a little know tidbit on his character and career! Of course this is just one of many unjust practices the OSI performed! Proof comes from Heinz’s freedom of information lawsuit win!

    Neal Sher, who was OSI’s director from 1983 to 1994, said the State Department put a higher priority on diplomatic niceties than holding former members of Adolf Hitler’s war machine accountable.

    In 1998, Sher became chief of staff for the International Commission on Holocaust Era Insurance Claims .[1] Sher resigned in June 2002 after a *Baltimore Sun * investigation disclosed that Sher had received over $5000 for some first-class air travel to Europe, and he disclosed to the commission that he had received “unauthorized reimbursements.”[1] [6] [7] According to the chair, former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger , Sher made “immediate and full restitution” after self-disclosing the violation.[8]

    In 2003, Sher consented to disbarment from the District of Columbia .[1] [8] [9] [10] Sher said he agreed to disbarment because he could not afford to litigate the matter,[8] and remains a member of the New York bar;,[8] [11] despite a provision of New York law, 22 NYCRR 603.3, which requires “reciprocal” disbarment for any attorney disbarred in another jurisdiction.[12] The agreement means that there is no public record of the bar’s investigation.[1] Sher was most recently in the news for his representation of his friend Morris Talansky , who is a witness in the investigation of Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert .[13]

    Comment by — October 20, 2014 @ 11:21 am

  4. Thanks!! It was difficult for me to read without vomiting. Typical self serving propaganda, not investigative reporting at all. There were a few gems in here though, if you know what to look for, not the least was James Hergen qoute: *”It was not upfront, it was not transparent, it was not a legitimate process,” said James Hergen, a former State Department legal adviser who once described the OSI’s approach as a “cynical publicity ploy.” ”This was not the way America should behave. *

    also, if you read past where they mention Bartesch, there’s a gem about the defendant Hartman who “admitted” lying (ie, he had NO other options) and then years later, when it’s too late, the AP finds documents proving he wasn’t lying when he immigrated (just as dad did NOT lie), and the govt spokesman basically says it doesn’t make a difference…

    Comment by — October 20, 2014 @ 10:28 am

    • I know what you mean. The phrase “I had to laugh to keep from crying” comes to mind.

      Comment by furtherglory — October 20, 2014 @ 10:52 am

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