The BND spy agency admitted top Nazi Heinrich Himmler's daughter, Gudrun Burwitz, was in its employment in the 1960s. The revelation shines further light on the BND's network after World War II and in the Cold War.
Germany's Federal Intelligence Service (BND) on Friday confirmed it had briefly employed the daughter of top Nazi Heinrich Himmler in the early 1960s.
The BND told Bild newspaper that Himmler's daughter, Gudrun Burwitz, worked from the end of 1961 to autumn 1963 as a secretary in the intelligence agency.
Burwitz died in May at the age of 88, having spent her life mingling with right-wing extremist circles and always defending her father.
The confirmation from the BND came in response to a Bild report.
"The BNDconfirms that Ms. Burwitz was a member of the BND for a few years until 1963 under an assumed name," Bodo Hechelhammer, the head of the BND's history department said.
"The timing of her departure coincided with the onset of a change in the understanding and the handling of employees who were involved with the Nazis," Hechelhammer said.
Burwitz worked at the BND at a time when it was led by Reinhard Gehlen, an ex-World War II German military intelligence chief in Eastern Europe who was later recruited by the Americans to work against the Soviets and Communists.
The CIA-backed Gehlen Organization was made up of former Nazi intelligence and military officers with connections and experience in Eastern Europe and anti-Communist activities. Its members formed a core at the new BND, which Gehlen led from 1956 until 1968.