Dr. Zhivag, the CIA and Kurt Gerstein.

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Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:58 pm Post

The Washington Post has an article about a soon-out book on how the CIA worked to promote Boris Pasternak's banned-in-the-USSR novel Dr Zhivago.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/nat ... story.html

Now if I could just come up with a way to get Putin ticked off at something I've written.

There's an interesting background to Kurt Gerstein, a SS officer who was a leading anti-Nazi. From the Dutch underground he got a copy of an anti-Nazi book. He wanted to smuggle it back into Germany to pass around but how? Even as an SS officer, his luggage might be searched.

So he wrapped for mailing and addressed it to SS Reichfuhrer H. Himmler with a note very critical that this book was available in a Nazi-occupied country. If it was opened, he could always say he was bringing it back to Germany to save on the postage. Once home, he could throw away the shipping cover.

Here's the Wikipedia article about him. He was a most unusual person.


Kurt Gerstein (11 August 1905 – 25 July 1945) was a German SS officer and member of the Institute for Hygiene of the Waffen-SS. He witnessed mass murders in the Nazi extermination camps Belzec and Treblinka. He gave information to the Swedish diplomat Göran von Otter, as well as to members of the Roman Catholic Church with contacts to Pope Pius XII, in an effort to inform the international public about the Holocaust. In 1945, following his surrender, he wrote the Gerstein Report covering his experience of the Holocaust. He died, an alleged suicide, while in French custody.

Here's a short but dramatic film:


--Mike Perry, Inkling Books