Castro personally approved a plan to hire former Nazi officers to instruct the Cuban revolutionary army and four former officers from the elite Nazi death squads had been invited to the Cuban capital.
Maybe this is something that Steven Spielberg can ask El Gran Dictador about it. And then maybe ask him to set Jewish Prisoner of Conscience Alan Gross free.
Papers released this week by the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) – the German foreign intelligence agency – show information gathered by German operatives 50 years ago during the tense days of the Cuban missile crisis.
They reveal that Castro personally approved a plan to hire former Nazi officers to instruct the Cuban revolutionary army, offering them wages that were four times the average salary in Germany at the time and the chance to start a new life in Havana.
They papers, dating from October 1962, show that four former officers from the elite Nazi death squads had been invited to the Cuban capital, although subsequent reports could only confirm that two had arrived.
"Evidently, the Cuban revolutionary army did not fear contagion from personal links to Nazism, so long as it served its their own objectives," said Bodo Hechelhammer, historical investigations director at the BND, in an interview with German newspaper Die Welt.
Why would they? The Soviet Union signed a pact with Nazi Germany and American and British Communists were some of the most fervent anti-war activists around, operating through various anti-war front groups, until Hitler invaded Russia and suddenly the anti-war activists became pro-war activists.
Communists were the original Nazi collaborators. Why should Fidel be any different than the rest of them?