What is Operation Paperclip?

I am learning everyday. I will always give you my honest opinion regarding any subject. Today’s topic is Operation Paperclip.
Operation Paperclip was a program operated by the Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency (JIOA). Honestly I have never heard of them. They dissolved in 1962 and no longer exist. More than 1,600 German scientists, engineers, and technicians, such as Wernher von Braun and his V-2 rocket team, were taken from Germany to America for U.S. government employment, primarily between 1945 and 1959. Many were former members, and some were former leaders, of the Nazi Party.


A group of 104 rocket scientists (aerospace engineers) at Fort Bliss, Texas

Now I can see both sides of the coin here. If they’re willing to defect and give our government their chemical weapon and rocket designs in exchange for freedom in the United States. I can kind of see that. This was the ending stages of World War II. Honestly though to allow more than one thousand Nazis in to the United States is still pretty crazy.

The JIOA was established in 1945, as a subcommittee of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the United States Armed Forces.
Mind these are our most powerful General from each armed force. The Joint Intelligence Objectives Agency was disbanded in 1962, after seventeen years of service; most of its Nazi scientist dossiers were transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

This agency is charged with preserving government documents and it is fairly hard to file a freedom of information act with this agency to view any information they have stored away from what I know.
Among the Paperclip dossiers were those of Magnus von Braun, Georg Rickhey, Arthur Rudolph, and Walter Schreiber.
Yet, the Wernher von Braun dossier is unavailable to the public, because it was excluded from the JIOA documents transferred to the NARA, to wit: “Not included among the dossiers is one for rocket scientist Wernher von Braun. So it was never transferred to NARA”.

Now i could sit here and give a history lesson on what I know and what I have searched up and learned but these type of things are endless. Knowing the basics at the minimum is necessary for anyone to understand the facts. Just knowing these are the type of people who created the chemicals that killed people in concentration camps is pretty sickening to think about. In my opinion we brought some straight savages over to America. Von Braun himself hand-picked people from horrific places, including Buchenwald concentration camp, to work to the bone building his rockets.


Meat hooks on the walls of the execution room at Buchenwald

Crematorium with elevator in right hand corner

After searching for a few on google to see if I could find out if any of the Nazis brought to America from operation paperclip had committed a crime while being here. On one small search I came across a article from the Daily Beast about a man named Jakiw Palij who claims he was a Nazi Guard at a concentration camp. Apparently he was stripped of his U.S. citizenship but won’t be kicked out of the country. Palij served as a guard during World War II at the Trawniki forced labor camp, which also trained those participating in “Operation Reinhard,” a plan to exterminate every Jew in German-occupied Poland. He entered the country in 1949 without divulging his past and was later awarded citizenship, of which he was stripped by a federal judge in 2004 and ordered deported.
But Palij, now 94, remains a free man because no one else wants him, either. Though this doesn’t seem to be related to operation paperclip it is none the less an interesting article to read so go ahead and check out the embedded link above in Daily Beast.


This article was written by Nathan Nicholson gathering information from his own knowledge, wikipedia, and google images.

Nathan Nicholson

I am 23 year old activist from West Virginia.

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