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Tsherim Soobzokov (24 August 1924,[citation needed] – 6 September 1985[1]) was a Circassian man accused of collaborating with the Third Reich during the invasion of the Soviet Union and serving as a Waffen-SS officer.[2] Soobzokov denied these charges and sued CBS and The New York Times.[3]:170–174 He was publicly supported by Pat Buchanan[4] and Congressman Robert Roe.[3]:113


In 2006, declassified documents of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) confirmed that Soobzokov had been a CIA agent in Jordan and that the agency had misled the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service on Soobzokov's War time past.[5] This was part of a wider post-World War II CIA program of working with former collaborators living in hiding.[6] Historian Richard Breitman concluded based on these documents[1] that Soobzokov indeed had strong ties to the SS and that he had admitted to the CIA his participation in an execution commando searching for Jews and Komsomol members.[1][7]

On 15 August 1985, a pipe bomb set outside his home in Paterson, New Jersey critically injured Soobzokov.[8][9] He died of his wounds in the hospital on 9 September 1985.[10] An anonymous caller claiming to represent the Jewish Defense League (JDL) said they had carried out the bombing. A spokesman for the JDL later denied responsibility.[11] No one was ever charged with leaving either bomb, but Aslan Soobzokov (Tscherim's son) has twice sued the federal government over its investigation. The bombing was linked by the FBI to a similar bomb attack on another accused war criminal, Elmars Sprogis, that took place in Long Island on the day Soobzokov died.[3]:179–180

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Richard Breitman. "Tscherim Soobzokov". Government Secrecy e-Prints. Federation of American Scientists. 
  2. Name on SS Officers listing
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Lichtblau, Eric (2014). The Nazis Next Door: How America Became a Safe Haven for Hitler's Men. New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-547-66919-9. 
  4. Pat Buchanan (1999-11-05). "Response to Norman Podhoretz". letter to The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 2008-05-11. 
  5. "New Records Now Available as a Result of IWG Extension – CIA Agrees to Disclose Operational Materials". Press Release. National Archives and Records Administration. 2006-06-06. 
  6. Toby Harnden (2010-11-14). "Secret papers reveal Nazis given 'safe haven' in US". 
  7. "CIA declassifies 27,000 Nazi files". 2006-06-06. 
  8. Ralph Blumenthal (1985-08-16). "Man Accused of Nazi Past Injured by Bomb in Jersey". p. B2. 
  9. "Bomb Victim on Critical List". 1985-08-17. 
  10. Eric Lichtblau (2010-11-13). "Nazis Were Given 'Safe Haven' in U.S., Report Says". p. A1. 
  11. Judith Cummings (1985-11-09). "F.B.I. Says Jewish Defense League May Have Planted Fatal Bombs". p. A1. 

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