‘Nun ja, wir mussten den kleinen Admiral mehrmals hoch und runter ziehen weil er so lange zappelte bis er endlich aufgab,.
Translation: Well yes, we had to pull the little Admiral several times up and down because he struggled quite long before he gave up.
Wilhelm Canaris was the head of the Abwher, which was the German military intelligence agency during most of the Nazi era. Canaris was also a traitor and a double agent, who plotted to assassinate Hitler. He ended up being hung and strangled by a violin wire on April 9th 1945 in the Flossenberg concentration camp.
If Donald Trump is the new Hitler, and history repeats itself, then that would mean that Trump’s new appointment, who will become the head of American military intelligence, will also be a traitor, just like Canaris, and might end up being executed for treason.
On January 12th 2017, I wrote a blog post, in my new “name that Nazi” series, in which I asked my readers to identify the man in the photo above. That same day, I also wrote another blog post entitled “Trump compares US intelligence agencies to Nazi Germany”.
You can read my January 12th blog posts here:
There were two outstanding comments on this earlier blog post. There was an exceptional comment, made by Herbert Stolpmann, that I used, in part, to begin this blog post today.
Jett Rucker was the first reader to correctly identify the man in the photo.
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One of the two hangman commented during an interview about the execution of Canaris: ‘Nun ja, wir mussten den kleinen Admiral mehrmals hoch und rrunter ziehen weil er so lange zappelte bis er endlich aufgab,.
(‘Well yes, we had to pull the little Admiral several times up and down because he struggle quite long before he gave up)
This means that a lynching procedure took place and would have been ordered from the highest level of the hierarchy, with Hitler’s full knowledge, so as to make it as cruel as possible.
Comment by Herbert Stolpmann — January 12, 2017 @ 3:58 pm
Wilhelm Canaris, also admiral in the Kriegsmarine.
Comment by Jett Rucker — January 12, 2017 @ 10:21 am
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I wrote a little bit about Canaris on my website, which you can read here:
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On the same day that the Dachau Museum says that Georg Elser was killed by a bomb, April 9, 1945, a group of traitors to the Fatherland, including Rear Admiral Wilhelm Canaris and General Hans Oster were executed at the Flossenbürg concentration camp on the orders of Gestapo Chief Heinrich Müller, but there was no attempted cover-up of these executions. Canaris, who was the head of the Abwehr, Nazi Germany’s military intelligence agency, before he was arrested, was involved in two failed attempts to assassinate Hitler in 1938 and 1939. General Oster had been arrested the day after the failed July 20, 1944 attempt to assassinate Hitler. On April 8, 1945, General Wilhelm Canaris and General Hans Oster were put on trial and both were convicted.
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You can read about the downfall of Canaris on Wikipedia by clicking here:
Wikipedia makes a few glaring errors. In particular, the reason for Canaris initially being removed from his post.
Canaris was removed from his post as head of military intelligence, because he failed to obtain any intelligence about the allied landing at Anzio on January 22, 1944.
In the 2002 version of David Irving’s book entitled “Hitler’s War”, the real story of Canaris’s dismissal from his position, as head of military intelligence, is given.
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Wholly unexpected – and without even a hint from the German Intelligence services – on Jan 22 an American corps staged a sudden seaborne landing south of Rome at Anzio – to the rear of the German lines. Misled by the assurances of Admiral Canaris, Kesselring had denuded this coastline; only two German battalions met the American troops….
Hitler asked Jodle to determine precisely why Intelligence had failed to predict the landing at Anzio. Kesselring claimed that it was Canaris’s fault. In February, Erich Vermeheren, an important Abwher agent in Turkey, put the last nail in the Admiral’s coffin. This brought even Cicero’s operations to an abrupt end. Hitler had had enough of Admiral Canaris. He told Himmler to set up a “unified German secret Intelligence service.”
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Also completely absent from the current Wikipedia page is the important date of September 26th 1944.
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Later that day, September 26, , Heinrich Himmler arrived with a bulging briefcase of things to discuss. Heading the agenda was the topic, ‘Treason since 1939.’ In a locked safe at the Abwher headquarters outside Berlin, Gestapo investigations had found documents proving that Mayor Gordeler, General Oster, General Beck, and above all Vice-Admiral Canaris – the slippery former chief of Intelligence – had been plotting Hitler’s overthrow since 1939 at least. Canaris and his men had deliberately betrayed the plans and dates of Hitler’s 1940 western campaign (‘Yellow’) to the enemy.
These documents had been assembled by two of the admiral’s staff – General Oster and Hans vot Dohnanyi – with the view toward someday prosecuting Brauchitsch, then the army’s Commander in Chief, for refusing to aid the anti-Hitler plotters. From General Munzos Grandes, who had commanded Spain’s contingent in Russia, Hitler had already learned some time ago that Canaris had personally warned Franco against bringing Spain in to the war on Hitler’s side. Since his arrest in July, Canaris had told ingenious tales, but those who had rejected the Third Reich – Oster and Dohnbanyi – betrayed their friend Canaris equally willingly in face-to-face encounter. General Alexander von Pfuhlstien, former commander of the ‘Brandenburg’ (Commando) Division, had been arrested on September 4,  and he had once discussed using the division to storm the Wolf’s Lair; Canaris had confidently predicted Germany’s defeat for December 1943. Colonel George Hansen invited his questioners to search for Canaris’s diaries, these damning documents were evidently found in the locked safe of another Abwher colonel who had succumbed to the suicide epidemic after July 20 – they vanished at the end of the war.
The documents showed that the plotters had sent the then Colonel Georg Thomas – another of Keitel’s department heads – to win over Halder and Brauchitsch in November 1939. Hadler had refused: Britain’s fight was against the whole of Germany, he had said, not just Hitler. A 1939 “study’ by Oster dealt explicitly with a coup d’etat. There were voluminous memorandum by General Bech, and scattered pages of the fabled Canaris diary throwing a revealing new light on the 1943 Black Chapel case and the Abwehr dealings with the Vatican. In April 1940, the documents indicated, Thomas had shown Halder a treacherous message from one Dr. Joseph Muller: the Vatican was willing to intercede with the British and French provided Hitler and Ribbentrop were first eliminated. On being informed of this approach, Brauchtish had proposed to Halder that Thomas be arrested. The same Joseph Muller had betrayed the date of ‘Yellow’ to the Vatican evidently on Abwehr instructions, since Canaris ordered the affair hushed up. Oster had also warned the Dutch directly.
Hitler grimly informed Jodl of the news Himmler had brought. The facts about Admiral Canaris were so terrible, he said, that he could not make them public until the war was over; then there would be a state trial at which the German people could take their revenge.
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In the pages which follow, Irving records how, on the following evening, Hitler’s health took a turn for the worse, and how he was unable to attend war counsels for several days.
Irving leaves it to his readers to draw a causal connection between the news of September 26th and Hitler’s health problems which started in earnest the following night, and lasted for days. When I read this, I did draw a probable causal connection between the two.
Irving goes on, in his book, to record the Admirals last days.
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…at Flossenberg camp they left the traitors Admiral Canaris and General Oster. A few days before, General Buhle had stumbled by chance on the long-sought diaries of Canaris, and these sealed the Abwehr chief’s fate. He and General Oster were hanged after a summary court-martial on [April] the ninth .
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