Day 2: Ireland’s Nazi Commando
When World War II came to an end, the Nazi commando Otto Skorzeny was considered to be among the most dangerous men in Europe. While he had earned fame for a daring rescue of Benito Mussolini in 1943 he was also accused of war crimes. In this episode, based on files from the National Archives and Ireland’s Military Archives I look at the strange and unsettling story behind his later connections with Ireland and Irish politicians.
In 1957 Skorzeny was welcomed to Ireland at a reception that included none other than Charles J Haughey, the later Taoiseach. This two part podcast is a gripping investigation into why Skorzeny was here, who he was working with and why so many in Ireland were willing to welcome this notorious individual.