Tsherim Soobzokov (24 August 1924 – 6 September 1985) was a Circassian man accused of collaborating with the Nazis during the invasion of the USSR and serving as a Waffen-SS officer. Soobzokov denied these charges and sued CBS and the New York Times. He was notably supported by Pat Buchanan and Congressman Robert Roe.
In 2006, declassified documents of the Central Intelligence Agency 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 Nazi past. This was part of a wider post-World War II program of the CIA's of collaborating with former Nazis living in hiding. Historian Richard Breitman concluded based on these documents that Soobzokov had indeed 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.
On 15 August 1985, a pipe bomb set outside his home in Paterson, New Jersey critically injured Soobzokov. He died of his wounds in the hospital on 9 September 1985. 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.
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- Richard Breitman. "Tscherim Soobzokov". Government Secrecy e-Prints. Federation of American Scientists. http://www.fas.org/sgp/eprint/breitman.pdf.
- Pat Buchanan (1999-11-05). "Response to Norman Podhoretz". letter to The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on 2008-05-11. http://web.archive.org/web/20080511153332/http://www.buchanan.org/pma-99-1105-wallstjl.html.
- "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. http://www.archives.gov/iwg/about/press-releases/nr06-114.html.
- Toby Harnden (2010-11-14). "Secret papers reveal Nazis given 'safe haven' in US". The Telegraph. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/world-war-2/8132550/Secret-papers-reveal-Nazis-given-safe-haven-in-US.html.
- "CIA declassifies 27,000 Nazi files". The Washington Times. 2006-06-06. http://www.washtimes.com/national/20060606-113344-6497r.htm.
- Ralph Blumenthal (1985-08-16). "Man Accused of Nazi Past Injured by Bomb in Jersey". The New York Times: B2. http://www.nytimes.com/1985/08/16/nyregion/man-accused-on-nazi-past-injured-by-bomb-in-jersey.html.
- "Bomb Victim on Critical List". The New York Times. AP. 1985-08-17. http://www.nytimes.com/1985/08/17/nyregion/bomb-victim-on-critical-list.html?ref=explosions.
- Eric Lichtblau (2010-11-13). "Nazis Were Given 'Safe Haven' in U.S., Report Says". The New York Times: A1. http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/14/us/14nazis.html?_r=2&scp=2&sq=nazi&st=cse.
- Judith Cummings (1985-11-09). "F.B.I. Says Jewish Defense League May Have Planted Fatal Bombs". The New York Times: A1. http://www.nytimes.com/1985/11/09/us/fbi-says-jewish-defense-league-may-have-planted-fatal-bombs.html?ref=explosions.
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- Historian Richard Breitman's file on Soobzokov
- A 2006 New York Times article regarding the CIAs collaboration with former Nazis, including Soobzokov
- Soobzokov at Find A grave