[Marxism] How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power

james daly james.irldaly at ntlworld.com
Tue Nov 7 10:03:20 MST 2006


How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power

Rumours of a link between the US first family and the Nazi war machine have 
circulated for decades. Now the Guardian can reveal how repercussions of 
events that culminated in action under the Trading with the Enemy Act are 
still being felt by today's president

Ben Aris in Berlin and Duncan Campbell in Washington

Saturday September 25, 2004

The Guardian

George Bush's grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director 
and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the 
financial backers of Nazi Germany. The Guardian has obtained confirmation 
from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which 
Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of 

His business dealings, which continued until his company's assets were 
seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 
years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against 
the Bush family by two former slave labourers at Auschwitz and to a hum of 
pre-election controversy.

The evidence has also prompted one former US Nazi war crimes prosecutor to 
argue that the late senator's action should have been grounds for 
prosecution for giving aid and comfort to the enemy. The debate over 
Prescott Bush's behaviour has been bubbling under the surface for some time. 
There has been a steady internet chatter about the "Bush/Nazi" connection, 
much of it inaccurate and unfair. But the new documents, many of which were 
only declassified last year, show that even after America had entered the 
war and when there was already significant information about the Nazis' 
plans and policies, he worked for and profited from companies closely 
involved with the very German businesses that financed Hitler's rise to 
power. It has also been suggested that the money he made from these dealings 
helped to establish the Bush family fortune and set up its political 

Remarkably, little of Bush's dealings with Germany has received public 
scrutiny, partly because of the secret status of the documentation involving 
him. But now the multibillion dollar legal action for damages by two 
Holocaust survivors against the Bush family, and the imminent publication of 
three books on the subject are threatening to make Prescott Bush's business 
history an uncomfortable issue for his grandson, George W, as he seeks 

While there is no suggestion that Prescott Bush was sympathetic to the Nazi 
cause, the documents reveal that the firm he worked for, Brown Brothers 
Harriman (BBH), acted as a US base for the German industrialist, Fritz 
Thyssen, who helped finance Hitler in the 1930s before falling out with him 
at the end of the decade. The Guardian has seen evidence that shows Bush was 
the director of the New York-based Union Banking Corporation (UBC) that 
represented Thyssen's US interests and he continued to work for the bank 
after America entered the war.

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