How many people know that there was a (possible) Nazi influenced German born employee of the Department of Defense acting as the chief historian for the Warren Commission? I first learned of the name Rudolph August Winnacker, Ph.D., quite accidentally. I happened upon an article by the late, Mae Brussell, titled: The Nazi connection to the John F. Kennedy Assassination. To my knowledge, she was the first to begin an inquiry into a possible Nazi connection to the assassination of JFK. She was a relentless "fascist hunter" and did extensive research on the subject. The following is from that article:
[...] Chairman Earl Warren said, "we consulted with the Defense Department, and they have offered to lend us one of their historians to do this job, and we think that it is quite essential to the work of the Commission."
Mr. Goldberg would assist from the Air Force. Mr. Cokery was from the Army.
"Mr. Winnaker recommended them," Chief Counsel J. Lee Rankin offered. "We would work with them to try to anticipate all of the various historical aspects."
"Who's Who in the CIA" described "Mr. Winnaker" as having been born in Germany in 1904. His full name is Dr. Rudolph August Winnacker. He was an analyst for the OSS, historian in the War Department from 1945-1949, and then Chief of Historical Division of the Pentagon."
Was Winnaker the ilk of Willoughby? Or Reinhard Gehlen? When did he come here from Germany? Where is he now?
Mae later goes on to say:
Admission of an old card trick at the beginning set the tone for what was to follow. What was never supposed to come out was the use of Reinhard Gehlen agents surrounding Lee and Marina Oswald for the purposes of covering up the assassination conspiracy.
Two Lee Harvey Oswalds existed. One memorized the Marine manual by age 17, went directly into radar and electronic work. He trained at U-2 bases, learned the Russian language, got himself into and out of the Soviet Union, wrote clear and literate letters. He was met, upon arriving home, by Government agents, provided with occupations, fathered two children, owed no debts, traveled around a great deal, met with interesting oil geologists, defense department and intelligence agents. Their social circle included the "Cabots and Lodges" from Czarist Russia, Admirals and some fancy folks. The other Oswald was one developed by the Warren Commission to divert attention from the facts. Nobody ever saw the original "diary" that he couldn't have possibly written.
Every Gehlen witness and emigre associated with the CIA, Tolstoy Foundation, or Greek Orthodox Church was directed towards the most ridiculous questions. From all that garbage the Defense Department wrote the history.
Greg Burnham added to my information by researching additional sources. He reports that there is very thin biographical details available on Winnacker anywhere, including from the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Winnaker taught at the University of Michigan, where Warren Commission member Gerald Ford attended. However, it is difficult to determine if they interacted prior to their respective service on the Commission. Ford was a senior there in 1934. The timeframe in which Winnaker taught there has yet to be determined. However, Winnaker graduated Harvard in 1933 with a Ph.D., which leads me to speculate that his teaching career may have begun shortly thereafter.