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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JANUARY 24, 2014 PAGE 11A By Ron Kampeas inthe Holocaust, accordingto the actor Fred Armisen, por- a2007NewYorkTimesprofile, traying Sanders, announced WASHINGTON (JTA)-- After graduating from the in an unaired "Saturday Bernie Sanders, the indepen- UniversityofChicago, Sanders Night Live" sketch last year dent senator from Vermont spent time on an Israeli kib- to knowing guffaws from the and the only self-described butz around 1963--notably other members of the Senate socialist in Congress, has before the 1967 Six-Day War, Armed Services Committee. long been an outspoken voice when it was not common for Now with income inequal- in Washington on issues of Americanyoungsterstospend ity becoming a defining issue economic inequality, time in Israel. inthe2014midtermelections, Butwiththevanishingmid- But Sanders is hesitant to Sanders is gaining a differ- dleclass figuringprominently draw a connection between ent kind of attention. He has in the campaign for mayor of his Jewish background and become a go-to talking head the country's largest city, and his priorities as a senator, on the subject on cable news President Obama last month With a series of observations networks, including the con- calling the gap between rich about the Jewish history of servative Fox News. and poor "the defining issue rootlessness and oppression, "You have the Walton ram- of our time," Sanders' pet Sanders begins to describe ily of Walmart owning more political cause has moved to the role of his lower-middle- wealth than the bottom 40 the forefront of the national class upbringing in forging percent," Sanders said. "While discussion, him into the Congress' only at the same time we've had a "There has been an under- self-described socialist. Then huge growth in the number of standing in the Democratic he catches himself, millionairesandbillionaires." Party that now is the time "This isn't a profile," he Sanders' focus on issues of to focus on protecting the declared, interrupting him- income inequality are true to collapsing middle class and self. "There are very impor- his socialist reputation--one the needs ofmoderate- to low- tant issues that need to be he continues to embrace as income Americans," Sanders discussed--the collapse of fiercelyashedidin1980,when told JTA in an interview, the middle class, very high he was the surprise winner "When the middle class is unemployment rates, theof amayoralelectioninBur- shrinking and the wealthiest crisis of climate change, the lington, Vt. In 1990, he was people are doing phenome- widening income gap." elected to the U.S. House of nallywell, we do need revenue With a bespectacled face Representatives, and in 2006 to come from the wealthiest framed by awild mop of white won his first Senate election. people in the country." hair and a lingering tendency Sanders acknowledges a Sanders, 72, who has long to bark in Brooklyn intona- certain stigma attached to caucusedwiththeDemocrats, tions even after 45 years in thelabelsocialist, butbelieves is one of 10 Jewish members Vermont, Sanders is one of Americans would be likelier in the U.S. Senate. The native the more identifiably Jewish to embrace the term if they of Brooklyn, N.Y., is the son senators, were better informed about of Polish immigrants whose "As everyone in this room the benefits of socialism. father's family was wiped out knows, IamaJew, anoldJew," "The ideas do resonate, Sen. Bernie Sanders addressing a rally on Capitol Hill in 2013. but there is a stigma regard- York mayor on a platform understandingthattheAmeri- ing the word," he said. "We focused in large part on in- can people do not want to see went through a McCarthyite come inequality. Congress, more attacks on the children, period, a Cold War with the too, has come along, hethe elderly and the poor." Soviet Union. There is a says. Entitlement reform There has been specula- misperceptionofwhatdemo- formerly was a watchword tion that Sanders may run cratic socialism is." among Republicans, and even for president as a means of That might be changing, amongthepresidentandsome keeping Democrats on the Where Sanders once was Democrats. true path. He won't count it prone to excoriate fellow Dem- Now, Sanders says, "Most out, but insists, again, thathis ocrats for their solicitousness Democrats understand that personalambitionsarenotthe of corporate interests or their Americans don't want cuts in point--income inequality is. failure to oppose cuts to en- Social Security and Medicaid "I don't wake up every titlement programs, he now and Medicare. The Demo-morning thinking about is likelier to praise them for cratic Party is becoming more whether I should be president embracing the battles he has vigorous in trying to extend of the United States," Sanders waged for years, unemployment benefits, in said. "But those issues have to Sanders notes Bill de Bla- raising the minimum wage. be discussed. And if nobody sio's successful run for New I see that as a step forward in else is, I will discuss them." v er escap WASHINGTON--Everyone In "Hunting Hitler," Corsi a cover story, designedbyU.S. knows Adolf Hitler commit- posits Hitler made his way intelligenceagentsattheend ted suicide by gunshot in his to Argentina with the help of of World War II to facilitate undergroundbunkeronApril U.S. intelligence agents that the escape not only of Hitler 30, 1945. had been secretly working and Eva Braun, but also of At least, that has been the with the Nazis since 1943. top Nazi war criminals such conventional wisdom. Allen Dulles, then an agent as Adolf Eichmann who was Now comes WND senior of the Office of Strategic discovered in 1960 hiding staff reporter Jerome R. Services, or OSS, the prede- in Argentina," Corsiargued. Corsi's new book, ',Hunt- cessoragencytotheCIA, was He presents documentary ing Hitler: New Scientific communicatingsecretlywith evidence Alien Dulles' war- Evidence That Hitler Escaped top Nazis from his office in time mission in Switzerland Germany." Bern, Switzerland, Corsisaid. included helping Martin Examining declassified Corsibrings to light many Bormann, Hitler's secretary, FBI and U.S. military intel- troubling questions, includ- to funnelbillions ofdollarsof ligence files, Corsi makes a ing: Naziili-gotten financial gain compelling case that U.S. Why were the Americans out of Germany and invest Corsi had newspaper re- investigators suspected from unable to obtain physical in the U.S. and Argentinian ports translated of Hitler the beginning Hitler had es- evidence of Hitler's remains stock markets to provide a and Braun being welcomed caped. For political purposes, aftertheRussiansabsconded financial cushion to survive by wealthy Nazi sympathiz- the evidence indicates, they with his body? in hiding after the war. ers among Argentina's large were willing to go along with Why did both Stalin andIn the National Archives German community.TheGer- the cover story that in the Eisenhower doubt Hitler's at College Park, Corsi dis- roans there had constructed final days of World War II, demise? covered a clipping from the a mansion hidden away in Hitler married his mistress, Why did nobody in Hitler's U.S.militarynewspaper"The the dense mountain forests Eva Braun, and the two took bunker hear any shots fired? Stars and Stripes" published of Bariloche to provide the their lives in a joint-suicide DidU.S.intelligenceagents Oct. 8, 1945, reporting a Nazi fuhrerwith comfort and ritual just before the Soviet inEurope, includingtheOSS shocking statement madesecurityin his elder years. army entered Berlin. and Allen Dulles (who later by General Dwight D. Eisen- Corsi writes: In 1943, But the truth is, no one headedthe CIAunder Presi- hower, then the supremearchitect Alejandro Bustillo, actually saw Hitler commit dentEisenhower),aidHitler's commander of the Alliedat the request of German suicide. There are no photo- escape, as they did with so Forces. supporters of Hitler then graphs documenting a joint many other Nazis? The short piece read: living in Argentina, designed suicide of Hitler and Eva Argentinean media re- "There is 'reason to believe' and constructedanelaborate Braun, and the bodies of the ported Hitler arrived in the that Hitler may still be alive, resort residence for Hitler two were never recovered or country and it continued to according to a remark made and Eva Braun, Residencia preserved for positive identi- report his presence. Why by Gen. Eisenhower to Dutch Inalco, located in a remote fication, have the findings not made newspapermen.Thegeneral's area between San Carlos de In 2009, Corsi pointed out, it to the U.S.? statement reversed his previ- Bariloce Villa La Angostura, Nicholas Bellatoni, the Con- Corsi relies on autopsyous opinion that Hitler was bordering the Nahuel Haupi necticut state archaeologist, reports, interrogation tran- dead." Lake, outside the city of Bari- was allowed by the Russian scripts, documents fromCorsi asks why Eisen- loche, in the province of Ro Federation State Archive in Soviet archives, CIA reports, hower's shocking claim has Negro, Argentina." Moscow to examine skullextensive research in the Na- gone largely unreported in In southern Argentina in fragments the Russians have tional Archives and Records U.S. newspapers and history the region of the Andes ad- claimed for decades are proof Administration in Wash-books even until today,joining Chile, he writes, "the Hitler committed suicide, ington, D.C., and in College Was Hitler on the U-530? surroundings and the Hitler Bellatoni's startling find- Park, Md., and more to back Tracing Hitler's escaperesidence were selected and ings prompted Corsi to inves- up his case. route, Corsi found in the Na- designed to have a distinct tigate further. Did U.S. intelligence help tionalArchives documentary feel of Hitler's Obersalzberg "What caused me to ques- Hitler get away? evidenceHitlergottoArgen- retreat above the town of tion Hitler's suicide was His evidence is shockingly tina in a German submarine, Berchtesgaden in the Bavar- Bellatoni's DNA analysis that abundant, andhis clear argu- the U-530 that mysteriously ian Alps. Hitler moved into proved conclusively the skull ment lends credence to a new surfaced outside the harbor the residence in June 1947." fragments belonged not to theory that disembowels the at Mar del Plata under the About the Author Hitler, but to a 40-year-old double-suicide narrative, command of Otto WermuthDr.JeromeR.Corsireceived woman unrelated to Eva "The story Hitler and Eva and his executive officer, Karl his Ph.D. in political science Braun," Corsi said. Brauncommittedsuicidewas Felix Schuller, after having from Harvard University. He spent weeks making surrep- is currently a senior staff re- titious drops of passengers porter for, where along Argentina's Atlantic he works as an investigative shore, journalist. In 2004, he co- HiddenawayintheNational authored the No. 1 New York Archives, Corsi found a U.S. Times bestseller "Unfit for naval intelligence reportwrit- Command: Swift Boat Veter- ten July 18, 1945, by the Naval ans Speak Out Against John Attach in Buenos Aires who Kerry." Its success permitted notified Washington there him to write full time on poli- tics and economics, two fields in which he has considerable expertise and experience. Since then, he has written five New York Times bestselling books, including"The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality." was reason to believe U-530 had landed Adolf Hitler and ., .. Eva Braun m the south ofAr- gentinabeforethesubmarine I ,J, ;,.r journeyed on to surrender at:: " Mar del Plata. .... 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