Dimitri Devyatkin on 26 Nov 2000 16:49:18 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Bush family links to Nazis

from the Sarasota Herald Tribune Newscoast newspaper -- www.newscoast.com

Author links Bush family to Nazis
posted 11/11/00

The president of the Florida Holocaust Museum said Saturday that George W.
Bush's grandfather derived a portion of his personal fortune through his
affiliation with a Nazi-controlled bank.

John Loftus, a former prosecutor in the Justice Department's Nazi War Crimes
Unit, said his research found that Bush's grandfather, Prescott Bush, was a
principal in the Union Banking Corp. in Manhattan in the late 1930s and the

Leading Nazi industrialists secretly owned the bank at that time, Loftus
said, and were moving money into it through a second bank in Holland even
after the United States declared war on Germany. The bank was liquidated in
1951, Loftus said, and Bush's grandfather and great-grandfather received
+ACQ-1.5 million from the bank as part of that dissolution.

+ACI-That's where the Bush family fortune came from: It came from the Third
Reich,+ACI- Loftus said.

Loftus made his remarks during a speech as part of the Sarasota Reading
Festival. The author of +ACI-Unholy Trinity: The Vatican, The Nazis and the
Swiss Banks,+ACI- Loftus documented the Swiss bank accounts that harbored funds
confiscated from Holocaust victims and the participation of Italian priests
in smuggling Nazi war criminals to safe haven in Canada, Central and South
America and the United States after the war.

Although he said he had a file of paperwork linking the bank and Prescott
Bush to Nazi money, Loftus did not provide that documentation Saturday.

Loftus pointed out that the Bush family would not be the only American
political dynasty to have ties to the +ACI-wrong side of World War II.+ACI- The
Rockefellers had financial connections to Nazi Germany, he said.

Loftus also reminded his audience that John F. Kennedy's father, an avowed
isolationist and former ambassador to Great Britain, profited during the
1930s and '40s from Nazi stocks that he owned.

+ACI-No one today blames the Democrats because Jack Kennedy's father bought Nazi
stocks,+ACI- Loftus said. Still, he said, it is important to understand these
historical connections for what they tell us about politics today. The World
War II experience points out how easy it was then -- and remains today -- to
hide money in multinational funds.

That money flows into American politics today, he said, from +ACI-a series of
multinational corporations behaving like pirates. They don't care about
ideology+ADs- they care about money.+ACI-

Loftus' speech left many in tears.

+ACI-I am absolutely shocked,+ACI- said Nancy Krauss of Punta Gorda. +ACI-I wish this
would have come out before the election. My husband voted for Bush. I don't
think he would have voted for him if he would have known.+ACI-

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