The Odessa File Author:Frederick Forsyth ODESSA stands for "Organisation Der Ehemaligen SS-Angehorigen." In English this means "Organisation of Former Members of the SS." Devised by Hitler, the SS was charged with special tasks under the Nazis who ruled Germany from 1933 to 1945. — When the tide of the war turned, senior members of the SS made secret provision to disappear to a new life... more » and the organisation they formed to effect their escape was the ODESSA. Vast sums of gold were smuggled out and deposited in numbered bank accounts, false identity papers were prepared, escape channels opened up.
One of the worst defeats it ever suffered occurred in 1964 when a package of documents listing ODESSA members arrived anonymously at the Ministry of Justice in Bonn. This packaged became known as "The Odessa File."« less