Western Anti-Communism and the Interdoc Network: Cold War by Giles Scott-Smith

By Giles Scott-Smith

Interdoc was once validated in 1963 by way of Western intelligence prone as a multinational attempt to coordinate an anti-communist offensive. Drawing on particular assets and the thoughts of its members, this e-book charts Interdoc's crusade, the folks and concepts that lay in the back of it and the increase and fall of this extraordinary community through the chilly conflict.

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In these circumstances, the information held by the FHO on Soviet forces was potentially of great significance. 7 Following his surrender to US forces in Bavaria in late May 1945, Gehlen and his colleagues went through several nerve-racking years trying to establish themselves as a recognized asset for US security interests. Fortunately, certain key individuals saw the merits of Gehlen’s plan early on. In the summer of 1945 G-2 (US army intelligence) officer John Boker and his superior General Sibert tried to initiate “Operation X” to allow Gehlen’s group to reassemble and show what they could produce.

In 1958 Foertsch put forward a proposal for the colloques with the aim of inventarizing the purpose, methods, and targets of all communist entities – formal and informal, open and “front” organizations, and non-communist organizations “that consciously or unconsciously support the spirit of international communism” – that each participating nation could identify. 79 In a meeting between Einthoven and Van den Heuvel in midDecember 1958, it was decided to put forward three themes for the colloque the following April: the cultural offensive of the Soviet Union under “peaceful coexistence”; revisionism on the left; and, significantly, the possibility of a “central documentation bureau” to back up anti-communist psychological warfare in Europe.

A counter-network, directed from a central bureau, was required to supervise this. 18 The scandal Grüner was referring to concerned the Bund Deutscher Jugend (BDJ), an anti-communist youth movement established in June 1950 (just prior to the outbreak of the Korean War) by World War II veterans. The BDJ, which received financial support from the Ministry for All-German Affairs and Chancellor Adenauer’s office, ran operations to confront and disrupt the activities of the East German Freie Deutsche Jugend and related procommunist or neutral front organizations.

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