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Tscherim Soobzokov

Tsherim Soobzokov (24 August 1924, Takhtamukay – 6 September 1985[1]) was a Circassian man accused of collaborating with the Nazis during the invasion of the USSR and serving as a Waffen-SS officer. Soobzokov denied these charges and sued CBS and the New York Times.[2]:170-174 He was notably supported by Pat Buchanan[3] and Congressman Robert Roe.[2]:113

In 2006, declassified documents of the Central Intelligence Agency confirmed that Soobzokov had been a CIA agent in Jordan and that the agency had misled the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service on Soobzokov's Nazi past.[4] This was part of a wider post-World War II CIA program of collaborating with former Nazis living in hiding.[5] Historian Richard Breitman concluded based on these documents[1] that Soobzokov indeed had strong ties to the SS and that he had admitted to the CIA his participation in an execution commando searching for Jews and Komsomol members.[1][6]

On 15 August 1985, a pipe bomb set outside his home in Paterson, New Jersey critically injured Soobzokov.[7][8] He died of his wounds in the hospital on 9 September 1985.[9] An anonymous caller claiming to represent the Jewish Defense League (JDL) said they had carried out the bombing. A spokesman for the JDL later denied responsibility.[10] The bombing was linked by the FBI to a similar bomb attack on another accused Nazi war criminal, Elmars Sprogis, that took place in Long Island on the day Soobzokov died.[2]:179-180

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References

  1. ^ a b c Richard Breitman. "Tscherim Soobzokov" (PDF). Government Secrecy e-Prints.  
  2. ^ a b c Lichtblau, Eric (2014). The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  
  3. ^  
  4. ^ "New Records Now Available as a Result of IWG Extension – CIA Agrees to Disclose Operational Materials". Press Release.  
  5. ^ Toby Harnden (2010-11-14). "Secret papers reveal Nazis given 'safe haven' in US". The Telegraph. 
  6. ^ "CIA declassifies 27,000 Nazi files".  
  7. ^ Ralph Blumenthal (1985-08-16). "Man Accused of Nazi Past Injured by Bomb in Jersey".  
  8. ^ "Bomb Victim on Critical List".  
  9. ^ Eric Lichtblau (2010-11-13). "Nazis Were Given 'Safe Haven' in U.S., Report Says".  
  10. ^ Judith Cummings (1985-11-09). "F.B.I. Says Jewish Defense League May Have Planted Fatal Bombs".  

External links

  • TSCHERIMSOOBZOKOV.COM, operated by Soobzokov's son, Aslan T. Soobzokov
  • Historian Richard Breitman's file on Soobzokov
  • A 2006 New York Times article regarding the CIAs collaboration with former Nazis, including Soobzokov
  • Soobzokov at Find A grave


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