This is very exciting, and I have posted this same article on my website TheHitlerLegacy.com.
There has been a very fruitful exchange of information with a reader whom we will call Jinni. Jinni noticed an important clue in The Hitler Legacy that refers to a mysterious bunch of letters and numbers in Ratline. This connection — which totally escaped me! — quite possibly ties the Austrian Nazis Georg Anton Poech and his wife the anthropologist Hella Poech to the Sukarno gold enigma in a very definite way and which reveals the interest that the Javanese prince Soeryo Goeritno (an arms dealer and partner with Temasek of Singapore in the search for gold on Sumbawa, as well as the author of a book insisting that Georg Anton Poech’s real identity was none other than Hitler himself) had in the Poech documentation and why he was so insistent on getting his hands on the original Poech papers.
Those of you who have a copy of Ratline flip to page 117. There you will see that I refer to the inside front cover of the Poech address book where a cryptic notation appears: JR KepaD No. 35 637 and 35 638. These last two numbers are accompanied by the signs for Male and Female, respectively.
Jinni — a close reader if ever there was one! — noticed a similarity between that notation and an address that appears in The Hitler Legacy on page 270. There I refer to PT Galaxy Trust, the bank where Edison Damanik was an officer and which figures prominently in the stories that swirl around Sukarno’s gold and the Revolutionary Fund. The address of the PT Galaxy Trust in Jakarta, Indonesia is given as Jalan Rawa Kepa VI.
As Jinni points out, JR Kepa is shorthand for Jalan Rawa Kepa. The Roman numeral VI in the address was probably mistaken for the letter D, as the VI would have been written as 6. In Poech’s spidery German hand the 6 could easily have passed for a D.
This means that the Poechs probably had accounts — 35 637 and 35 638 — at the very same, rather obscure, financial institution that was the epicenter (decades later) of the attempt to negotiate the Sukarno gold certificates. Remembering that Poech died in 1970, that means that the couple had accounts at PT Galaxy Trust long before that date.
I have often wondered how the Poech couple managed to support themselves in what appears to be a thoroughly western fashion on that remote Indonesian island, and wondered as well as to what they might have been up to all those years. Had they been caretakers of one of the greatest hordes of stolen gold of the twentieth century? Were they somehow involved in moving assets from Europe to Indonesia in the early 1950s at the time of the Bandung Conference which saw the first indications that Sukarno was planning his Revolutionary Fund as an alternative to the World Bank and the IMF? How would the Poechs have even known that PT Galaxy Trust existed, much less have accounts at that bank?
Does it connect in any way with Poech’s statement to a passing tourist that he came over under the aegis of the ICA?
As mentioned in The Hitler Legacy, ICA was the forerunner of US AID. It was ostensibly designed as an international aid program of the United States. Under ICA cover, however, Lee Harvey Oswald associate George de Mohrenschildt visited Yugoslavia and was detained on suspicion of being a spy for the CIA. And in Philip Agee’s expose of the CIA – Inside the Company: A CIA Diary — we find references to ICA as a front for CIA activities in Latin America.
There is much more to the story of Poech, Sukarno, ICA and the gold and we will be following this trail vigorously. Watch this space!
And … many thanks to Jinni for solving one of my most perplexing mysteries, the strange notation in the Poech address book!
Greetings, and hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season!
I have been a little late in getting some work done around here, and was amiss in not posting this link to an interview I did with Brent Holland a month ago. But better late than never, so please have a listen when you have a moment and let me know your thoughts:
I had an interview with Gary Null of the Progressive Radio Network which is now online at:
We covered the ratlines and the flight of Nazi capital, technology and personnel in some detail. You may find it interesting!
Readers of Sinister Forces know the importance I assigned to the town of Ashland, Kentucky and how I stumbled upon Indian mounds in that town’s Central Park and wondered how a young Charles Manson (who lived in Ashland for the first few years of his life) saw them and how their secrets of death and ritual might have affected his young mind.
That went on to become a meditation on the Adena culture which built the mounds, and on America as a haunted house: populated by ghosts of a past we have forgotten or never known.
A few years ago a Brooklyn-based band known as Pinataland wrote and recorded a song based on my travel to Ashland as described in Sinister Forces and sent me the link. It was uncanny how they managed to capture the mood and the context of that trip. Pinataland specializes in music that describes and illustrates some of America’s more bizarre (yet nevertheless unremembered) events and personalities and they are worth a listen.
You can start with the following link which will lead you to an online recording of “Ashland.” But don’t stop there. Pinataland even recorded a song about the strange Coral Castle in South Florida and its enigmatic builder … The whole album is like listening to a volume of Sinister Forces, but without the footnotes!
I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Eben Rey of KPFK in San Francisco last night (or actually early this morning on the East Coast) for a solid hour of commercial-free radio. It was 1 am my time, and I had just come down after 3 hours with Jimmy Church on Coast-to-Coast AM which ran from 2 am to 5 am my time on Monday morning. So I guess I’m getting used to the late nights.
So used to them, that I pretty much didn’t let poor Ms Rey get a word in edge-wise. Listeners know that I can easily run off for uninterrupted monologues on virtually anything, and when it comes to my books — we talked about Sinister Forces, Ratline, and The Hitler Legacy — there is virtually no stopping me. Part of the problem is the complexity of these subjects, plus and I have a New Yorker’s bad habit of talking fast to make sure I get my points in!
If you have a chance, though, you might want to listen when the interview is uploaded as we plumbed the murky depths of international underground networks causing all sorts of mayhem, as well as a discussion of how global jihad was invented — not in Baghdad — but in Berlin.
As mentioned on thehitlerlegacy.com site, first day sales of The Hitler Legacy were outstanding. The book ranked in the top 350 on Monday, November 10, 2014 and was a bestseller in three categories on the amazon list on that day.
As of today, the amazon ranking is around 1,300 but remains at #1 in one category and #2 in two other categories. As of this moment, amazon has sold out of both The Hitler Legacy and the prequel volume, Ratline. Not a bad showing at all, and my thanks to all those readers who have been following my work all these years who helped make this possible!
Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days. John 11:39
Yes, I have risen. Not from the dead, but from media absence (which in our culture is pretty much the same thing). Most of you who know me also know that I avoid social media as much as possible. It would not do for me to be interviewing Nazis in some remote town and at the same time take pictures of my latte at the local coffee shop to update my Facebook page. Something about security concerns, nicht war?
As for stinking … well … I leave that up to you to judge. One does have one’s critics, after all.
And what of my sojourn in the Underworld?
I have been traveling extensively in remote regions as well as in major urban areas, in Southeast Asia as well as in Europe. I have been gathering research for a number of books, the latest of which — The Hitler Legacy — has just come out. That book boasts a complete analysis of the recently-declassified Nazi ace and ODESSA organizer Hans Ulrich Rudel’s address book (which has many names in the Americas as well as Europe) and includes a discussion of the origins of global jihad and the contribution of the Kaiser’s Germany, Hitler’s Germany and finally the United States intelligence services to the creation, financial support, logistical support, and subsequent growth of international terrorism. The themes will be uncomfortable to many; as always, everyone is free to criticize my findings but the research itself is solid.
My first major “appearance” will be this Sunday evening, November 9, 2014 on the Coast-to-Coast AM radio show with Jimmy Church. We will discuss this book as well as touch on some of my previous work, notably Sinister Forces. You may be finding some difficulty in accessing the Sinister Forces website as we experienced a major server crash, but the Trine Day site is up and running for those who are jonesing for more conspiracy-oriented literature.
More later. Really. I promise!