Fox News Latino on October 15, 2012 reported that in 1962, then President of Cuba, Fidel Castro recruited two former Nazi SS soldiers to help train his military at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, according to declassified documents released by Germany’s secret intelligence agency, the BND (Bundesnachrichtendienst). Excerpts below:

Castro invited four SS officers to Havana, where he offered them quadruple the average salary a German made at that time in exchange for their expertise. Two of the four accepted his offer, the documents, dated October 26, 1962, reveal.

The men served in Adolf Hitler’s Waffen-SS, a force separate from the army and known as the armed wing of the Nazi party.

Castro’s interest in Nazi military officials wasn’t just limited to SS members, however, he was also trying to hire German paratroopers and technicians.

The documents, published online by German newspaper Die Welt, also reveal that Castro was in contact with two middle men with ties to Germany’s extreme right in an attempt to buy 4,000 Belgian-made arms.

The 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis is on October 16. The crisis began after the United States discovered Soviet Union nuclear missiles in Cuba. The discovery led to a tense 13-day standoff from October 16 to the 28th between President John F. Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev.


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