- In the words of MALACHI WALD: "There is a Hebrew
phrase, a fighting slogan going back to Biblical times: DAHM YISRAEL NOKEAM-
"The blood of Israel will take vengeance."
- Thus, in the first months of 1945, Five Jews named WALD,
BECKER, JUDAH KLEIN, BENNO the MESSENGER, and HANNAH BAUM, formed the nucleus
of a sinister conspiracy which dwarfed accusations in years gone by when
Jews were once accused of poisoning the wells of European communities.
- These five ex-partisan fighters, along with fifty other
active accomplices, formed a highly secret organization of conspirators
and assassins, whose group came to be known by the first letter of each
word: DAHLED, YOD, NUN. The letters of which spell out another Hebrew word:
DIN, or "judgment."
- These assassins are referred to by Jewish author URI
DAN in his book, "To the Promised Land." He writes:
- "The fury against the Germans took the form of Haganah
squads who hunted Nazis across Europe and killed them without trial."
- The murderous scope of their efforts and intentions ,
however, were directed not so much at NAZIS, as Mr. Dan wrote, but at MILLIONS
of human beings innocent of any wrong doing.
- Curiously, and correctly, Mr. Dan refers to these assassins
as "Haganah squads." Aside from such bloodthirsty cults as the
THUGS of India or the ASSASSINS of Arabia, or the Biblical Book of Esther,
or the mass slaughter of the first-born of Egypt, history fortunately offers
few parallels for what is to follow.
- In the latter half of 1945, hundreds of thousands of
Jews from every nook and cranny in Eastern Europe were streaming into Germany
along with a massive flux of non-Jewish refugees fleeing from Stalins hordes.
- There were incidents which cropped up between the Gentile
refugees and the Jewish refugees.
- The allies were accused, with justification, of showing
favoritism to the Jews, whom the non-Jews maintained received better and
larger rations and preferential treatment. Indeed, a good number of Jews
were encouraged and allowed to dispossess ethnic Germans of their homes,
victuals and property, much as the ancient Egyptians were once despoiled
of theirs. Indeed, Hitler as Pharaoh seems to be an appropriate analogy
to make in this regard. These Jewish refugees mixed with the recently released
masses from the concentration camps unleashing a reign of terror in many
German towns and cities.
- As a direct consequence of these and similar offenses,
the Allies were required to round up the liberated camp inmates and re-inter
them in camps.
- There, these hate-filled survivors were able to mix with
ex-Jewish partisan fighters, and from this unholy union, a conspiracy was
soon hatched which promoted vengeance as its creed and mass murder of the
innocent as its goal. In fact, murder was on the agenda throughout Eastern
Europe, where Jews with a vendetta were appointed to administer the slave
and death camps of Stalin in Poland, Czechoslovakia, the Soviet Union,
and Yugoslavia, where hundreds of thousands of German civilians perished
due to mass murder, neglect, torture, and epidemics.
- The identities of many of these camp commanders have
since become known. Today many of them are still alive and living a protected
life in Eretz Israel, where the government refuses to hand them over to
authorities in Europe to answer for their heinous crimes.
- While these atrocities were being committed against ethnic
Germans in diverse places such as Poland and Siberia, Jewish refugees continued
to pour into camps in Germany, nourished and protected by such agencies
as the UNRRA.
- While Jewish refugees were accorded preferential treatment,
authorities within the UNRRA were working feverishly to repatriate Gentile
East Europeans back to the rapacious and blood-stained hands of the Soviets,
in order to make more room for the continuing flow of Jewish refugees pouring
over the German border. Two allied Generals, who were foolish enough to
make public statements concerning these illegals and black-marketeers,
were unceremoniously dismissed from their posts and replaced with Generals
who towed the appropriate UNRRA line. It was in one of these camps where
the conspiracy soon took root.
- From the camp of Feldafing, three Jews, Dr. Zalman Grinberg,
Wladislaw Friedheim, and Isaac Ratner despatched runners to all the camps
holding Jewish refugees. Forty one Jewish delegates answered the summons.
- When they arrived, they were greeted by Major Zvi Caspi,
a member of the Jewish Brigade, the Palestinian Jews who fought for the
British army during the war. It was Jewish members of the British field
police who captured not only Hoess, but also Himmler, whose captor happened
to be none other than a future President of Israel, Chaim Herzog.
- Major Caspi brought a message with him from the VAAD
LEUMI the national council of the Palestine Jewish Community. That message
was simple and terse: "You are bone of our bone, flesh of our flesh.
We in Palestine wait to welcome you with open arms, and it will be done.
Be strong, united, organized and disciplined."
- On that day the Jewish resistance added the British to
their list of enemies. They called their clandestine organization Sheerit
Hapleetah, the "Surviving Remnant." Yet, this group was merely
a front which drew attention to itself publicly while a far more sinister
organization was being primped for secret illegal action throughout Europe.
- From the Hagana, the secret Jewish resistance movement
in Palestine, a hundred agents were clandestinely smuggled into Europe.
- Yehuda Arazi went to Milan, Ehud Avriel to Belgrade,
Shaul Avigur to Paris, Elkhanan Gafni to Bucharest ,Moshe Bar-Gilad to
Vienna, Hoter Yishai, Ephraim Deckel, Ruth Klieger, and many others to
Germany. This group was dubbed "BRICHA," or escape, and worked
under cover to smuggle hundreds of thousands of Jews illegally into Palestine.
- To facilitate this sometimes dangerous and massive project,
the underground called upon those who had already tasted blood as partisan
fighters during the war. They were to serve as armed escorts for the illegals.
The commanders of these armed squads, ruthless and determined men and women,
were names known to the German Security Police during the war: Avraham
Blumovicz of Byelorussia, Zvi Horowitz from Kovno, Abba Kovner, Abram Hornick,
Anton Zuckerman, Mordechai Rosman from Warsaw, and many others. However,
the most ruthless among this band of future assassins were those who led
the first columns of Jewish refugees out of the Lublin stockade-MALACHI
WALD, AVRAHAM BECKER, MIRA LAN, "BENNO" the Messenger, JUDAH
KLEIN, and "Little sister," HANNAH BAUM.
- While most of those who were smuggled out simply wanted
to escape the cauldron of suffering and painful memories in Europe, hoping
to start a new life in the Promised Land where they could resume their
lives in peace, there were others, such as the WALD group, who had no desire
for peace at any price.
- Filled with hate and driven by a rancorous vendetta worse
than any ever devised by the most blood-thirsty Mafia chieftain, they decided
to remain behind and implement their criminal conspiracy. Thus, they set
out for Frankfurt, with the blessings and assistance of their brothers.
In this manner DIN was born.
- They set about planning and plotting to fulfill their
murderous plans. Their confederates were carefully screened and chosen;
only those whose furious hatred matched their own were selected and entrusted
with key assignments. Their devious, highly sophisticated spy network,
was composed exclusively of Jews who held key positions throughout occupied
- Most important among them were those who worked within
the Soviet or Allied war crimes Commissions and could open the files to
DIN. There were two sergeants working in the transport pool attached to
U.S. Army Headquarters at the I.G. Farben building in Frankfurt, along
with their equivalents in the British and French zones of occupation, whose
assignment was to provide military transport vehicles for the assassins.
Among them was a young American rabbi, a chaplain with the U.S. First Army.
- Within a few weeks, the DIN had a net spread across Germany
and Austria. At this time approximately 300 individuals were actively involved
in the organization. All had different tasks as either forgers, thieves
or, like the Mafia, scouted out places where the killers could "take
to the mattresses" after one of their hits. Plants, accomplices, and
informers were placed inside camps where German prisoners of war were detained.
Informants were, in fact, everywhere, and sent their information on to
the assassins of DIN. No one was allowed to know more than he or she SHOULD
know, and of course, all of those involved were Jews.
- An informant named "Israel" soon brought them
information which would result in their first special action. This man
had happened to stumble upon information from Jewish informants regarding
a group of some 140 German youths who were allegedly meeting clandestinely
by a river near Ulm, Bavaria.
- It was alleged that these youths had secretly stored
automatic weapons in crates hidden below the surface of the water.
- Groups of Jewish spies from a neighboring internment
camp were despatched to observe the actions of the group and record their
coming and going. Two weeks later the assassins of DIN were ready. The
concealed assassins opened fire with automatic weapons on the assembled
youths, and finished them off with hand grenades, leaving 140 corpses behind
- This massacre brought unwanted heat on the killers, for
the anguished parents of the murdered youngsters clamored for the apprehension
and punishment of the assassins. Of course the assassins were neither identified
nor apprehended, but by a curious quirk of fate, an inquest into the mass
murder led to yet another gruesome action by the cut-throats of DIN. Immediately
after the hearing, this same ISRAEL followed the attorney for the plaintiffs,
who soon led him to yet another man. ISRAEL abandoned his tail of the attorney
and surreptitiously pursued his prey. To the surprise of the DIN agent,
HE also was being followed! The clever ISRAEL led his quarry directly into
the lions den-DIN headquarters, where the unfortunate man was overpowered
by the assassins. There the man was deliberately and fiendishly tortured
until he revealed his identity.
- It was claimed that he was former SS Obersturmfuehrer
Hubert Schwart, once stationed at Auschwitz. The torture became so unbearable
that the unfortunate man blurted out that he was the bodyguard for Dr.
Ernst Wetzel, who was on the allied list of accused war criminals. This
was the man who had allegedly written Reichskommissar Heinrich Lohse in
1941, instructing him to gas Jews unsuitable for work.
- The assassins, having obtained what they wanted, dragged
the mutilated man into an alley and slit his throat. Proceeding to Wetzels
home, they dragged him out under cover of night and tortured him for two
days before finally snuffing out his life. The murder was done in fine
Mafia style, and the horribly disfigured corpse of Wetzel was wrapped in
wire, and dumped into the Chiemsee, where the slain man could sleep with
the fishes for eternity. The name of Wetzel still appears on lists of accused
Nazi war criminals.
- Soon after this slaying, the DIN assassins were approached
by a French Jew-Victor Berger, a major in the French Army. The meeting
would prove to be a particularly fateful and DEADLY alliance. Becker explained
that he had come to offer his services to the conspirators. To his initial
surprise,the group did not respond to his suggestion with much gusto.
- As a matter of fact, after their bloody mass murder and
the torture slaying of 2 ex- National Socialist officials, Bergers "Aryan"
appearance was a cause for concern and suspicion among the apprehensive
assassins. Berger, realizing this, offered to expose his circumcised penis
as evidence of his reliability. Berger, undaunted by the suspicions expressed
by the DIN group, proceeded to present his case to the assembled Jews.
His reason for being there was simple: He was out for vengeance. He admitted
that he had already murdered Heinz Braune, assistant to Theodore Dannecker,
Eichmanns representative in France, who was in charge of deportations of
French Jews in 1942. Now Berger was after SS Obersturmfuehrer Konrad Schumann,
also a member of Eichmanns Bureau.
- His proposal was this: If the DIN assassins would assist
him in locating and killing Schumann, he was prepared to "give them"
the lives of 200 Waffen SS prisoners of war-theirs for the killing in one
fell sweep-along with a promise to be forever in their service for greater
and bloodier deeds in the future. Thus Faust sold his soul and signed his
covenant in the blood of his innocent victims. He was IN with DIN.
- END of PART ONE