Henry Makow Ph.D. – henrymakow.com March 16, 2012
After Hitler took charge of the fledgling Nazi Party on July 21, 1921, he spent lavishly on propaganda and recruitment.
There was no shortage of funds during this critical stage. The Nazis obviously had wealthy friends. But who were they?
Wall Street and German industry didn’t kick in until the late 1920’s. The German Army was financing the Nazis, but didn’t account for the seemingly unlimited money at Hitler’s fingertips.
In the book, “A Field of Red: The Communist International and the Coming of World War II” (1981, pp. 245-246) ) the authors, Anthony Cave Brown and Charles MacDonald report that in 1923, Hitler returned from Zurich “with a steamer trunk stuffed with Swiss Francs and American dollars.” There were other mysterious sources of funds in Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Latvia.
After World War II, US Army intelligence officers took an affidavit from industrialist Arnold Rechberg who maintained that General Kurt Von Schleicher told him in 1933 that Stalin had provided Hitler with “substantial funds.”
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