From rescuing Mussolini for Hitler to becoming a hitman for Mossad, Otto Skorzeny’s life was full of twists.

Daniel Rennie // “Skorzeny was born in 1908 into a middle-class Austrian family. He became a Nazi early on joining the Austrian branch in 1931. When World War II broke out in 1939, Skorzeny’s military career got off to a bumpy start when his application to join the Luftwaffe was denied. He was told he was too tall and too old at the age of 31.
Instead, he joined the SS and became an officer-cadet in the Liebstandarte, Hitler’s bodyguard regiment. From 1940 to 1942, he fought on the battlefield in Holland, France, and the Eastern Front.
But in December 1942, Skorzeny nearly lost his life on the Eastern Front after shrapnel struck him in the head. He carried on fighting until his wounds incapacitated him and he was hospitalized. For his bravery, he was awarded his first Iron Cross.
While recovering in Berlin he became interested in commando operations, reading everything he could on unconventional warfare and guerrilla tactics. He soon formulated his own ideas which gained the attention of SS-Brigadeführer Walter Schellenberg, head of the SD (the SS foreign intelligence service).
Schellenberg made Skorzeny the head of the newly formed Waffen Sonderverband z.b.V. Friedenthal. Now with a team of commandos, he got to test out his ideas of unconventional warfare. His first mission, Operation Francois, did not go according to plan, but his next would be his greatest success.
” – <https://allthatsinteresting.com/otto-skorzeny>

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The Forward and Dan Raviv And Yossi Melman // “The only other salient detail known to police in Munich was that Krug commuted to Cairo frequently. He was one of dozens of Nazi rocket experts who had been hired by Egypt to develop advanced weapons for that country.
HaBoker, a now defunct Israeli newspaper, surprisingly claimed to have the explanation: The Egyptians kidnapped Krug to prevent him from doing business with Israel.
But that somewhat clumsy leak was an attempt by Israel to divert investigators from digging too deeply into the case — not that they ever would have found the 49-year-old scientist. We can now report — based on interviews with former Mossad officers and with Israelis who have access to the Mossad’s archived secrets from half a century ago — that Krug was murdered as part of an Israeli espionage plot to intimidate the German scientists working for Egypt.” – <https://www.haaretz.com/world-news/europe/the-strange-case-of-a-nazi-who-became-a-mossad-hitman-1.5423137>

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