Vilis Arveds HāznersCIA Files, Volume 3

We've highlighted our descriptions of files #0051 and #0052 below, Hāzners' last contact report and notice of the severing of his agent relationship soon thereafter. Timing and change in tenor from all prior reports lead us to conclude that the 1963 English-language release of Daugavas Vanagi, Who Are They? had an immediate impact at the CIA, and by extension, every other U.S. agency. Whether or not the KGB's fabricated accusations were true was immaterial—it is quite apparent they had the immediate effect the Soviets intended: U.S. authorities disowned the leadership of the Latvian émigré community. That Latvians such as Hāzners, whom they falsely accused, will continue to have allegations of Holocaust perpetration hurled against them for generations to come regardless of their innocence and vindication is icing on the cake.

We also direct you to the security check of 1964, file #0054, which mislabels the Latvian Waffen-SS as Hitler's elite Nazi SS, "Nazi Party Military Elite Guard." This only confirms how pervasively anti-Latvian Soviet propaganda penetrated U.S. agencies.

Updated: October, 2016

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