Wednesday, November 19, 2003 John Buchanan wrote:
Call To Action For An Important Journalistic-Historical
September 17, I became the first journalist in
U.S. history to independently confirm and report
in a reputable newspaper -- The New Hampshire
Gazette, founded in 1756 and the oldest paper
in America -- the Nazi past of the Bush family,
via its 27-year business relationship with Nazi
industrialist Fritz Thyssen from 1924 until 1951.
Both Prescott Bush, the grandfather of George
W. Bush, and George Herbert Walker, his maternal
great-grandfather, were part of the partnership,
under the banner of the private bank Brown Brothers
in August 1942, those Nazi-front business assets
were seized by the U.S. government under The Trading
with the Enemy Act. The seizures continued until
1951, when Thyssen, the financial architect of
The Third Reich, died in Argentina. It was the
liquidation of those Nazi assets after Thyssen's
death that were the foundation of the Bush family
March, Newsweek Polska, the magazine s Polish
edition, published a brief but shocking story
that linked the Bush fortune directly to slave
labor at Auschwitz. The U.S. edition, as I reported
in my first NHG story on October 10:
spiked the story for reasons that have never been
accounted for by Newsweek.
my discovery of the actual documents, many of
which were only declassified and approved for
public release on September 14 (four days before
I got to the archives) virtually every major news
organization in the U.S. has refused to investigate
the Bush-Nazi story or even examine the documents.
The list includes The New York Times, ABC News,
Washington Post, Knight-Ridder Newspapers, Miami
Herald, CNN, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today.
the failure of the mainstream media to acknowledge
my historic scoop, Associated Press put the story
out to the world over the weekend of October 17-19,
and it ran in major international newspapers including
The Guardian (UK), Jerusalem Times and Ha'aretz
(Israel), Hindustan Times (India), Sydney Morning
Herald (Australia) and The Moscow Times (Russia).
liberal Bush-bashing columnist and author Joe
Conason, author of 'Big Lies,' dismissed the Nazi
allegations as a smear against President George
W. Bush in The New York Observer. Cartoonist Garry
Trudeau then weighed in with a Sunday Doonesbury.
The Moscow Times ran a Prescott Bush Nazi parody.
Howard Kurtz addressed my reporting and lack of
wider coverage in his Washington Post media column.
on November 17, noted Presidential biographer
and Bush biographer Herbert Parmet put things
into perspective with an essay at The History
News Network at George Mason University:
need to do more," Parmet wrote, "than merely sift
through the essence of Buchanan's assertions,
as troubling as they may be, to appreciate the
value of his labors, and wonder at the contribution
to public knowledge of Steven Fowle's maverick
is in that spirit that this undertaking is made.
This is a challenge to deliver on his challenge
to give wider voice to the facts.
Fowle, the editor and publisher of The New Hampshire
Gazette, and I are asking that interested journalists,
editors, researchers and historians join us so
that we, with our limited resources, can aggressively
and accurately follow the Bush-Nazi story to its
we intend to prove the Bush family connection
to slave labor at Auschwitz with documentary evidence
and living sources.
addition, we intend to prove that the Bush family
fortune did indeed originate as blood money from
its support of totalitarian, non-Democratic regimes
that included Hitler, the Bolsheviks, Mussolini
even larger issue, however, is whether this newly-confirmed
information matters to the American people, the
Congress and the media or not. We submit, based
on the international reaction to date to my first
three articles in the Gazette, that the American
people have a right to know, on a major story
national basis, of this troubling and until now
secret chapter of U.S. history.
you agree? If you do, we must include your voice
in the first media action we will soon be bringing
(a barrage of incoming phone calls and e-mails
demanding fair coverage of this story) in order
to get the attention of the major news outlets.
you agree the story is important, we also need
your support in asking that Congress investigate
the 60-year media cover-up of the Bush family
history and its implications for the present and
you do not agree the Bush-Nazi connection is important
and relevant, please say so and state your reasoning.
We welcome all opinions and points of view, including
those of media and news executives from both the
mainstream and alternative presses, on all sides
of the debate.
important, however, we need to get to work on
the next stories in the NHG. Please let me know
what resources and/or contacts you can contribute,
or what advice you have on how best to proceed
with the systematic reporting of this information.
critical story element now is the Auschwitz connection.
To research and report that part of the story
with the same document-supported, unimpeachable
credibility as the first articles will be difficult
at best. Please let me know your best ideas for
pursuing it, both in the U.S. as well as Germany
will keep you all posted on developments over
the coming days and weeks as the story develops
and finds a wider audience, both here and abroad.
I trust, it is the American people and the people
of the world not the media or politicians who
will determine whether this discovery is truly
important or not, and if so, why. For myself,
I believe it is vitally important and terribly
look forward to your insights, discoveries, revelations
you for your interest and support.
TOMJournalist & Investigative Reporter
Posted: November 24, 2003