Thursday, October 29, 2015

Debunking Tibetan/Nazi rumors

Right wing myths with an endless shelf life

I received the following from a correspondent:

"During the 1940s Tibetan volunteers formed brigades attached to the Cossack regiments fighting Communism with NS Germany. The Tibetans with their endurance of sub-zero temperatures, refusal to surrender made them among the toughest fighters against the Soviets. They were exceptional horsemen and staged some of the last cavalry charges in history. It was the remnants of these brigades that the Soviet army found in the ruins of Berlin, having fought to the last” (end quote).

Around 1980, at the request of "Bill G.," I asked Agehananda Barati (Leopold Fischer) if this story was true. 

Barati/Fischer was Professor of Sanskrit and Anthropology at Syracuse University and a former member of Hitler’s “Free India Legion.” He was one of the few men alive who would be in a position to know if the rumor about Tibetans in Berlin fighting for Nazi Germany was true. 

Barati/Fischer told me the story about the Tibetans was pure buncombe. 

His obituary is here.

Michael Hoffman 

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