Here is a most enlightening communication from a regular commentator. This gives very interesting background to the large market in fake Nazi-era relics. It addresses players in the game that have not been guessed at but who are not unknown.
from Simon Carrington
to AD Royster Militaria
It is very interesting to observe that our very own CIA is deeply involved in the manufacturing, authenticating and sale of fake Nazi political and military items.
The worst of this gang was James P. Atwood.
He worked for the CIA in Berlin, faked “Hitler Assassination Rifles,” many “prototype” rare Nazi daggers, smuggled LMG 42s into Canada for sale to the RAM in New York, worked also with Marcus Wolfe, head of the STASI and a neighbor in Berlin selling CIA secrets to him, involved in more gun running.
Atwood had excellent connections with Nazi elements in the CIA -organized BND, sold or traded many intelligence secrets with the Russian GRU, helped Critchfield sell Russian atomic artillery shells to Pakistan and many more acts of fraud and treason.
I have much input on Atwood and other CIA operators who, with consent from their superiors, made, caused to be made and merchandised millions of dollars of counterfeit Nazi items.
The leadership of this gang was located in Munich, by the English Garden, and were fronted to the public as “Radio Free Liberty.”
Much of this was, of course, to make money they could stuff into Lichtenstein or Swiss banks but also to foster interest in fomenting active neo-Nazi groups both domestically and abroad.
There is far more to the fake Nazi relics business than meets the eye, believe me!