Bush/Nazi Link Confirmed

from The New Hampshire Gazette
Vol. 248, No. 1, October 10, 2003

By John Buchanan

Poppy and George
WASHINGTON – After 60 years of inattention and even denial by the U.S. media, newly-uncovered government documents in The National Archives and Library of Congress reveal that Prescott Bush, the grandfather of President George W. Bush, served as a business partner of and U.S. banking operative for the financial architect of the Nazi war machine from 1926 until 1942, when Congress took aggressive action against Bush and his “enemy national” partners.

The documents also show that Bush and his colleagues, according to reports from the U.S. Department of the Treasury and FBI, tried to conceal their financial alliance with German industrialist Fritz Thyssen, a steel and coal baron who, beginning in the mid-1920s, personally funded Adolf Hitler’s rise to power by the subversion of democratic principle and German law.

Furthermore, the declassified records demonstrate that Bush and his associates, who included E. Roland Harriman, younger brother of American icon W. Averell Harriman, and George Herbert Walker, President Bush’s maternal great-grandfather, continued their dealings with the German industrial baron for nearly eight months after the U.S. entered the war.

No Story?

For six decades these historical facts have gone unreported by the mainstream U.S. media. The essential facts have appeared on the Internet and in relatively obscure books, but were dismissed by the media and Bush family as undocumented diatribes. This story has also escaped the attention of “official” Bush biographers, Presidential historians and publishers of U.S. history books covering World War II and its aftermath.

The White House did not respond to phone calls seeking comment.

The Summer of ’42

The unraveling of the web of Bush-Harriman-Thyssen U.S. enterprises, all of which operated out of the same suite of offices at 39 Broadway under the supervision of Prescott Bush, began with a story that ran in the New York Herald-Tribune on July 30, 1942. By then, the U.S. had been at war with Germany for nearly eight months.

“Hitler’s Angel Has $3 Million in U.S. Bank,” declared the headline. The lead paragraph characterized Fritz Thyssen as “Adolf Hitler’s original patron a decade ago.” In fact, the steel and coal magnate had aggressively supported and funded Hitler since October 1923, according to Thyssen’s autobiography, I Paid Hitler. In that book, Thyssen also acknowledges his direct personal relationships with Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels and Rudolf Hess.

The Herald-Tribune also cited unnamed sources who suggested Thyssen’s U.S. “nest egg” in fact belonged to “Nazi bigwigs” including Goebbels, Hermann Goering, Heinrich Himmler, or even Hitler himself.

Business is Business

The “bank,” founded in 1924 by W. Averell Harriman on behalf of Thyssen and his Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart N.V. of Holland, was Union Banking Corporation (UBC) of New York City. According to government documents, it was in reality a clearing house for a number of Thyssen-controlled enterprises and assets, including as many as a dozen individual businesses. UBC also bought and shipped overseas gold, steel, coal, and U.S. Treasury and war bonds. The company’s activities were administered for Thyssen by a Netherlands-born, naturalized U.S. citizen named Cornelis Lievense, who served as president of UBC. Roland Harriman was chairman and Prescott Bush a managing director.

The Herald-Tribune article did not identify Bush or Harriman as executives of UBC, or Brown Brothers Harriman, in which they were partners, as UBC’s private banker. A confidential FBI memo from that period suggested, without naming the Bush and Harriman families, that politically prominent individuals were about to come under official U.S. government scrutiny as Hitler’s plunder of Europe continued unabated.

After the “Hitler’s Angel” article was published Bush and Harriman made no attempts to divest themselves of the controversial Thyssen financial alliance, nor did they challenge the newspaper report that UBC was, in fact, a de facto Nazi front organization in the U.S.

Instead, the government documents show, Bush and his partners increased their subterfuge to try to conceal the true nature and ownership of their various businesses, particularly after the U.S. entered the war. The documents also disclose that Cornelis Lievense, Thyssen’s personal appointee to oversee U.S. matters for his Rotterdam-based Bank voor Handel en Scheepvaart N.V., via UBC for nearly two decades, repeatedly denied to U.S. government investigators any knowledge of the ownership of the Netherlands bank or the role of Thyssen in it.

UBC’s original group of business associates included George Herbert Walker, who had a relationship with the Harriman family that began in 1919. In 1922, Walker and W. Averell Harriman traveled to Berlin to set up the German branch of their banking and investment operations, which were largely based on critical war resources such as steel and coal.

The Walker-Harriman-created German industrial alliance also included partnership with another German titan who supported Hitler’s rise, Friedrich Flick, who partnered with Thyssen in the German Steel Trust that forged the Nazi war machine. For his role in using slave labor and his own steel, coal and arms resources to build Hitler’s war effort, Flick was convicted at the Nuremberg trials and sentenced to seven years in prison.

The Family Business

In 1926, after Prescott Bush had married Walker’s daughter, Dorothy, Walker brought Bush in as a vice president of the private banking and investment firm of W.A. Harriman & Co., also located in New York. Bush became a partner in the firm that later became Brown Brothers Harriman and the largest private investment bank in the world. Eventually, Bush became a director of and stockholder in UBC.

However, the government documents note that Bush, Harriman, Lievense and the other UBC stockholders were in fact “nominees,” or phantom shareholders, for Thyssen and his Holland bank, meaning that they acted at the direct behest of their German client.


On October 20, 1942, under authority of the Trading with the Enemy Act, the U.S. Congress seized UBC and liquidated its assets after the war. The seizure is confirmed by Vesting Order No. 248 in the U.S. Office of the Alien Property Custodian and signed by U.S. Alien Property Custodian Leo T. Crowley.

In August, under the same authority, Congress had seized the first of the Bush-Harriman-managed Thyssen entities, Hamburg-American Line, under Vesting Order No. 126, also signed by Crowley. Eight days after the seizure of UBC, Congress invoked the Trading with the Enemy Act again to take control of two more Bush-Harriman-Thyssen businesses – Holland-American Trading Corp. (Vesting Order No. 261) and Seamless Steel Equipment Corp (Vesting Order No. 259). In November, Congress seized the Nazi interests in Silesian-American Corporation, which allegedly profited from slave labor at Auschwitz via a partnership with I.G. Farben, Hitler’s third major industrial patron and partner in the infrastructure of the Third Reich.

The documents from the Archives also show that the Bushes and Harrimans shipped valuable U.S. assets, including gold, coal, steel and U.S. Treasury and war bonds, to their foreign clients overseas as Hitler geared up for his 1939 invasion of Poland, the event that sparked World War II.

That’s One Way to Put It

Following the Congressional seizures of UBC and the other four Bush-Harriman-Thyssen enterprises, The New York Times reported on December 16, 1944, in a brief story on page 25, that UBC had “received authority to change its principal place of business to 120 Broadway.” The Times story did not report that UBC had been seized by the U.S. government or that the new address was the U.S. Office of the Alien Property Custodian. The story also neglected to mention that the other UBC-related businesses had also been seized by Congress.

Still No Story?

Since then, the information has not appeared in any U.S. news coverage of any Bush political campaign, nor has it been included in any of the major Bush family biographies. It was, however, covered extensively in George H.W. Bush: The Unauthorized Biography, by Webster Tarpley and Anton Chaitkin. Chaitkin’s father served as an attorney in the 1940s for some of the victims of the Bush-Harriman-Thyssen businesses.

The book gave a detailed, accurate accounting of the Bush family’s long Nazi affiliation, but no mainstream U.S. media entity reported on or even investigated the allegations, despite careful documentation by the authors. Major booksellers declined to distribute the book, which was dismissed by Bush supporters as biased and untrue. Its authors struggled even to be reviewed in reputable newspapers. That the book was published by a Lyndon LaRouche’s organization undoubtedly made it easier to dismiss, but does not change the facts.

The essence of the story been posted for years on various Internet sites, including BuzzFlash.com and TakeBackTheMedia.com, but no online media seem to have independently confirmed it.

Likewise, the mainstream media have apparently made no attempt since World War II to either verify or disprove the allegations of Nazi collaboration against the Bush family. Instead, they have attempted to dismiss or discredit such Internet sites or “unauthorized” books without any journalistic inquiry or research into their veracity.

Loyal Defenders

The National Review ran an essay on September 1 by their White House correspondent Byron York, entitled “Annals of Bush-Hating.” It begins mockingly: “Are you aware of the murderous history of George W. Bush – indeed, of the entire Bush family? Are you aware of the president’s Nazi sympathies? His crimes against humanity? And do you know, by the way, that George W. Bush is a certifiable moron?” York goes on to discredit the “Bush is a moron” IQ hoax, but fails to disprove the Nazi connection.

The more liberal Boston Globe ran a column September 29 by Reason magazine’s Cathy Young in which she referred to “Bush-o-phobes on the Internet” who “repeat preposterous claims about the Bush family’s alleged Nazi connections.”

Poles Tackle the Topic

Newsweek Polska, the magazine’s Polish edition, published a short piece on the “Bush Nazi past” in its March 5, 2003 edition. The item reported that “the Bush family reaped rewards from the forced-labor prisoners in the Auschwitz concentration camp,” according to a copyrighted English-language translation from Scoop Media (www.scoop.co.nz). The story also reported the seizure of the various Bush-Harriman-Thyssen businesses.

Still Not Interested

Major U.S. media outlets, including ABC News, NBC News, The New York Times, Washington Post, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times and Miami Herald, have repeatedly declined to investigate the story when information regarding discovery of the documents was presented to them beginning Friday, August 29. Newsweek U.S. correspondent Michael Isikoff, famous for his reporting of big scoops during the Clinton-Lewinsky sexual affair of the 1990s, declined twice to accept an exclusive story based on the documents from the archives.


After the seizures of the various businesses they oversaw with Cornelis Lievense and his German partners, the U.S. government quietly settled with Bush, Harriman and others after the war. Bush and Harriman each received $1.5 million in cash as compensation for their seized business assets.

In 1952, Prescott Bush was elected to the U.S. Senate, with no press accounts about his well-concealed Nazi past. There is no record of any U.S. press coverage of the Bush-Nazi connection during any political campaigns conducted by George Herbert Walker Bush, Jeb Bush, or George W. Bush, with the exception of a brief mention in an unrelated story in the Sarasota Herald Tribune in November 2000 and a brief but inaccurate account in The Boston Globe in 2001.

John Buchanan is a journalist and investigative reporter with 33 years of experience in New York, Los Angeles, Washington and Miami. His work has appeared in more than 50 newspapers, magazines and books. He can be reached by e-mail at: jtwg@bellsouth.net.

39 thoughts on “Bush/Nazi Link Confirmed”

  1. In 1931 Thyssen joined the Nazi party, becoming one of the most powerful members of the Nazi war machine.

    ID MAGAZINE 2/ 2012
    Page 47 – The Swastika / A Hostile Takeover –
    In 1930 Millions Of Americans Supported The Nazis
    The Party’s Propaganda Poster is of George Washington In Front Of A Swastika
    Charles Lindbergh is a friend of the Nazis and many industry Captains including Henry Ford and Prescott Bush supported the Nazis and their ideas and are involved in companies
    that helped finance and empower the Nazis.
    Prescott Bush was the father of George H. W. Bush which was the father of George W. Bush.

    IBM And The Holocaust


    War against The Weak

    Influence on Nazi Germany — Wikipedia – Eugenics In The U.S. — Notice the US flag on the We do Not Stand Alone Banner –

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


    In September of 1939, when Germany invaded Poland, the “New York Times” reported that three million Jews were going to be “immediately removed” from Poland and were likely going to be “exterminat[ed].”

    IBM’s reaction? An internal memo saying that, due to that “situation”, they really needed to step up production on high-speed alphabetizing equipment. (Source: CNet)

  2. Jimmy – You are not nuts, just under and, mis informed. Jimmy Jimmy jimmy, control yourself. Not tell us where do most socialists live? I certainly hope you are not going to say the North Eastern States. If so, how fortunate we are to have you here to point this out to us. Kennebunkport is in What State Jimmy? It’s in Maine. And tell me What state elected Prescott Bush Senator? Do you know? It was Connecticut. How about that. Gee if what you imply about where Socialists come from, I guess your right.
    Michael – It is nothing to be amazed at when you open your eyes to what has happened to this nation where the Bush family is involved. You need to rea Russ Bakers book – ” Family of Secrets”. I am sure after reading this you will be really impressed.

  3. You’re nuts. The Nazis were socialist…Bush isn’t even slightly socialist. Come to think about it, where do you think most of our country’s socialist live?

  4. Mort Judabaker is like those “God hates America” cultists in Topeka, but combined with people who hand out Jack Chick pamphlets. Curious creature. I doubt in the whole history of the Internets anyone’s ever said, “yeah, that makes sense” to one of his LTEs, comments, posts, or anything else. O wad some Power the giftie gie us -To see oursels as ithers see us!

  5. I have been informed by a human rights group of 200 lawyers
    in Australia … that George W. Bush has an alias: “Warren Terra.” Can you confirm?

  6. Can you imagine if the Nazis had won the war? They would still be hanging zionist American war criminals — simply too many to process in only 60 years.

  7. the crime and punishment by I.G. Farben, a book by Joseph Borkin in recommended reading… and a documentary out there, google; bush family fotunes the best democracy +torrent

  8. Wow, no one here wants to say anything about “true american” and his lack of punctuation or grammar?? No one at all? Wow, should have known — clearly a mostly biased group on here.

    “Joe Kennedy may have been an anti-Semite, and a lousy Ambassador to the Court of St. James, and been inclined to let the Nazis do as they liked. But to suggest that that is the same as to act as their agent, as Prescott Bush did, is simply absurd.” by “admin”

    This is the most absurd statement I have ever heard in my life! Like saying, he just stood and watched the guy kill people, he didn’t participate so it’s all good. Ridiculous!!

    Secondly, you all act like this story has something to do with George W. Bush! It does not! It was WWII and there was not a clean hand in politics at that time. The entire country looked the other way until Hitler declared war on the U.S. so lets not pretend otherwise! Get a grip on reality guys. The current president was directly involved with a “home grown terrorist” who should be in jail. Show me where George W. Bush had any dealings with Hitler at all! Good day all!

  9. Joe Kennedy may have been an anti-Semite, and a lousy Ambassador to the Court of St. James, and been inclined to let the Nazis do as they liked. But to suggest that that is the same as to act as their agent, as Prescott Bush did, is simply absurd.

  10. Pamela Beryl Digby Churchill’s screwing around with E. Roland Harriman’s younger brother Averell during the war doesn’t make her a Nazi, any more than her introduction to Adolph Hitler when she was a teenager.

  11. I would recomend to also read the Book: WAR AGAINST THE WEAK. i dont remember the author but it is very well documented and it mentions if I am not mistaken the name of the HARRIMAN`S.

  12. Unfortunately for most “average Americans” to research these issues would require considerable effort, plus an open mind, which if pursued to the truth, their lives will revealed for what they really are shallow, “me diseased” existence! Plus they will have to accept responsibility for their mistakes they have allowed to be committed on their behalf, with their passive approval.
    God Bless the innocent, and have mercy on the guilty.

  13. you know 9/11 and the war on terror is just a joke in many americans eyes we fall for anything and stand for nothing this is not a slap in the face for the president well maybe it is but not just him but for the democrats and the republicans you guys just dont get it we as americans real americans are sick and tired of both of the do nothing partys one party drops it pants to do the bidding of the presidents the other bitches and complain has no balls to stand up and say what is right you could have impeached the president and vice president but you spineless bastards choose not to but you wont us to stand united give me a brake both partys talk out of both sides of their mouths so you dont know what to believe you have bias television networks and you know who you are need i say more you have gas prices shooting out of the roof half of the united states is not even owned by the united states we are in debt to foreign countrys who dont give a damn about us just like some of our elected officials but you wont me to stand and place my on my chest to ay a few words that half of the kids in the united states schools system wont even stand up for do me a favor both partys just retire you are to old too rich and too spoil to solve my problems to make america a better place let the true americans have a shot at your job you have fucked it up enough.

  14. Now In all Fairness and Honesty,Let’s Not Forget Joe Kennedy Either!!
    After All,He was Just as Big An Anti Semite and Admirer of Hitler as Prescott Bush!!!
    Basically,You gotta Draw straws To see Who’s The Most F’ed Up Political Family:The Bushes or the Kennedys!!
    However,The Kennedys Just Barely Squeak By The Bushes!!!
    But Just Barely!!

  15. Thanks, edelsman, for tending to that. We’ve been rather distracted re-transmogrifying the dead-tree end of this enterprise.

    Out of curiosity, and to transcend our own ignorance, we Babelfished your closing remarks. To save the curious that trouble, here they are in computerized translation:

    “Or do you speak dear German?
    I wish you nevertheless a beautiful day.”

    –The Editor

  16. Hi Mort,

    Please, if you choose to insult an entire group of people and call them idiots, make sure you get the grammar right.

    “Your” is a possessive pronoun whereas “you’re” is a contraction of “you are.” With that in mind, Mr Judabaker, do you think you could go back and at least compose a grammatically correct insult?

    Oder sprechen Sie lieber Deutsch?

    Ich wünsche Ihnen trotzdem einen schönen Tag.

  17. Everyone should read,—FORTUNATE SON—by J.H.HATFIELD, about the Bush family connection that Bush SR. tried to have banned years ago.

  18. Anyone seeking citations and/sources for the Buchanan articles might begin by looking at Wikipedia.org, where much of the material he discusses is indicated as having been out in the open for a long time; nonetheless, our ‘mainstream’ ‘media’ has not discussed these facts, particularly in ‘recent years,’ because of the vicious types of pressure the Bush people have been able to apply. Thus, Ross Perot mystified some with his ‘assertion’ that the Bushoids threatened his daughter’s wedding with some form of retaliation if Perot ran for president, and Al Hunt the former Wall Street Journal was threatened openly one night as he sat in a restaurant with his family: ‘We’ll get you, you sonavabitch.”
    People who stand openly against the dismal records of Bush behavior are summarily dealt with. Remember Dan Rather? Peter Arnett? Valerie Plame? [That was 5.] And a large list of others — don’t take just my word for it — for anyone who cares to research the subject.

  19. Additional information on the Bush Nazi connection can be found in several books on the Skull and Bones, as this semi-secret society, that dates back to the 1830’s, actually got their early teachings from Hegal, Lenin, and Marx and early fascist German “collectivist thinking”.
    The following will provide the information to validate the Nazi (Skull and Bones) death connections.
    1)Treason in America from Aaron Burr to Averell Hariman- Anton Chaitkin March 1984
    2)America’s Secret Establishment- An Introduction to the Skull and Bones- Anthony Sutton 1983
    3) Fleshing Out Skull and bones-Multiple Authors 2003
    4) The Immaculate Deception The Bush Crime Family
    Exposed- Russell S Brown 1991
    5) US History Uncensored-Carolyn L Baker 2006

    Read and learn the truth about our sordid and censored history.


  21. I have been reading Larry Beinharts “The Librarian” and
    American Hero- He was also the scriot writer for Wag the Dog. In my
    tribe.net blog I have patched together various net sources
    that dig back like a research for script for an Indiana Jones movie to
    Prescott Bush. If one simplely begins to actually pay attention to these people and to the elite american society
    to which they belong and to what they have done to the
    Constitution since they have been in office. It becomes more
    than Apparient that they are not so secretly endevoring to create
    an America that will come at some point close to Hitlers Germany. The best place to hide something is in plain site.
    Follow the Wealth and you will see like Grandfather like
    off spring. I am sure they all have Voldermort Deatheater

  22. The above letter from
    “Jay W.” shows a lack of command of the English language, but appears to be of serious initial research effort, worthy of response by John Buchanan. The latter’s citings are momentous, and must be verified.

  23. Hello!

    I am trying to get in touch with John Buchanan regarding his sources for his articles on the connection between Fritz Thyssen and Prescott Bush.

    If you would kindly pass on the letter I have wrote to him presented here, I would be very appreciative.

    Thank you for your help,

    Jay W.


    Greetings Mr. Buchanan:

    I am an undergraduate History major at Buffalo State College working on a thesis called Facilitating the Nazis: American Business & The Third Reich .

    This is a subject I have been keenly interested in for some time- I was brought up Jewish, and was taught to take lessons from the Holocaust.
    My thirst for all information related to this matter, as well as a strong interest in studies on egalitarianism, social justice, and geopolitics has led me to many researchers on the forefront of this field, such as Edwin Black and Howard Zinn. As I delve deeper into this subject matter, I have formed the opinion that the US was behind the Nazis in a much bigger way then the American public is ready to accept.

    I have also been following Alex Jones, Wayne Madsen, and Al Martin-especially after 9/11. These lines of interest have brought me to you.

    I cited your work in an earlier, less refined paper for my English Composition class a couple of semesters ago. Since then, I have been ramping up sources for much more serious work on this subject.

    In a nutshell, I am looking for help. I need a little more detail on your sources linking Prescott Bush to Fritz Thyssen. Do you have a bibliography of primary sources, perhaps? I would be very appreciative of any assistance you can offer here. I do plan to follow up on what you have put forth in your publications in the New Hampshire Gazette on my own as best as I can.

    I am very sorry to hear that you have been harassed because of your publication. I am very curious to know how things are going for you currently. If there is any support I am able to offer, I would be glad to help.

    Thank you for your time,

    Jay W.

  24. Facinating, the Bush family has that much influence that they can put the “Fear of God” in anyone who dare report these facts. What will it take?

  25. Dear Mr. Buchanan,

    I just read your article on the Bush-Nazi connection and I was wondering if you have read Christopher Simpson’s books on the subject. I believe one is titled “The Brilliant Blonde Beast” and the other is “Blowback.”

    When I told a Jewish worshipper about this in a synaguoge in Bennington, Vermont, he told me that if what I was saying were true, he would have known about it! Ignorance is bliss.

    By the way, I thought that Prescott Bush was impeached while in the senate for his financial support of the NAZI’s during WWII. Is that true?

    Great article.


    Mary Ellen Gottlieb

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