Russ BellantOld Nazis, the New Right, and the Republican Party

Assessment | Political Agenda + Questionable Sources = Latvian Nazis

Among the sources in Bellant's bibliography:


  • Allen, Charles R. Nazi War Criminals in America: Facts . . . Action. New York: Highgate House, 1985.
  • Blum, Howard. Wanted! The Search for Nazis in America. New York: Quadrangle, 1979.
  • Lasby, Clarence. Project Paperclip. New York: Atheneum, 1971.
  • Simpson, Christopher. Blowback: U.S. Recruitment of Nazis and Its Effects on the Cold War. New York: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1988.


  • Anderson, Scott and Anderson, Jon Lee. Inside the League: The Shocking Expose of How Terrorists, Nazis, and Latin American Death Squads Have Infiltrated the World Anti-Communist League. New York: Dodd-Mead, 1986.
  • Codreanu, Corneliu Z. For My Legionaries. Madrid, Spain: Editura Libertatea, 1976. This is an English translation of the original 1936 work.
  • Cook, Fred J. The Warfare State. New York: MacMillan, 1962; Collier Books, 1964, 1969.
  • Eisenberg, Dennis. The Re-emergence of Fascism. South Brunswick, New Jersey: A.S. Barnes, 1968.
  • Sklar, Holly. Washington's War on Nicaragua. Boston: South End Press, 1988.

Among those we recognize and have investigated (mid-2016, highlighted) for their claims regarding Latvians and Nazism are:

  • Christopher Simpson's Blowback—an inaccurate work denouncing "the myth that the Baltic Waffen SS legions were simply anti-Communist patriots," falsely contending that "some of the Vanagis’[sic.] leaders had served as the Nazis’ most enthusiastic executioners."
  • The Andersons' Inside the League—a legion of misspelt, misidentified, misinformed contentions; there is not a single citation for its accusations against Latvians in an otherwise copiously footnoted work.

We have not read Howard Blum's book yet, however, we found in an online snippet that he accuses Latvians of graduating the "Nazi Baltic University in Pinnenberg, Germany." The Baltic University was established after WWII to continue the education of Estonian, Latvian, and Lithuanian refugees. Founded in Hamburg, it later moved to Pinnenberg.

Blum's bogus allegation of a "Nazi Baltic University," snippet at Google Books™

Given Bellant's pursuit of a political agenda, we are unsurprised by Bellant's choices in sources. He embraces and adds to their historical inaccuracies regarding Latvians, the Latvian Legion/Waffen-SS, and the Daugavas Vanagi.

About the only thing Bellant gets right is that the government's filing to deport Boleslavs Maikovskis was granted. Still, such proceedings were not a court of law; it was not necessary to be proven a war criminal to be denaturalized and deported. That Maikovskis was yet another Latvian convicted in a Soviet show trial put him squarely in the sights of the Nazi hunters. Everything else Bellant contends about Latvians is utterly false.

We have not checked the veracity of Bellant's other claims.

No stars

Bellant's foundational premise—that the Latvian Legion were Hitler's SS-backed “henchmen” before, during, and after WWII—dooms the rest of his contentions to the conspiracy theory garbage heap.

Updated: May, 2017

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