hard at work at TRL?
suspicion on Nazi scientists"
"I am quite certain now that there was deliberately a kind of protection around these people so the SIU (Special Investigations Unit) didn't get hold of (them)," said Professor Kwiet, who also acts as a consultant to the Canadian and American War crimes units. "The SIU didn't get hold of those people, they were simply protected."
The Age revealed yesterday that former Nazis, including members of the SS and Hitler's storm-troopers, were among at least 127 German scientists and technicians brought to Australia between 1946 and 1951 for use in a range of fields, including defence and weapons research. More than 40 had been members of the Nazi Party or other Nazi organisations.
...The Age is not suggesting those on the list were ardent Nazis and some may have been forced to joing Nazi organistations under duress.
So, who ended up at the then Post Master General's Research Labs? Not all the scientists were named by the Age, however at least two very prominent researchers were named.
Albert Jacob Seyler. Telecommunications engineer. Member Sturmabeitlung (stormtroopers) with rank of Scharfurer 1933-38. Nazi Party from 1937, National Socialist Students' Union 1937-45 and RAD from 1933*. Fliegerhauptingenieur (captain) in Ingenieurcorps of Luftwaffe 1941-45. Proposed and developed ground radar-controlled night fighter aircraft guidance system. In 1941-42 built three jamming stations to cover breakout of German battleships in February 1942. In 1943 worked on countering anti-radar techniques used by RAF bombers. Arrived 7/4/1948. Employed by Postmaster General's Department, Melbourne. Appeared in Who's Who in Australia 1971.
The author has poured through the hundreds of Research Lab reports generated by the two scientists mentioned. Some of the disturbing work undertaken included the testing and evaluation of canvas versus leather mail bags.