|Der Kölner Dom 1945|
The United States also recruited many Waffen-SS veterans, often with an assist from high Vatican officials. The Vatican's help was based on a hoped-for revival of European Christianity and dread of the Soviet Union. The Vatican has consistently refused to comment and has kept its archive closed to the public. Image: A German Mark V Panther in front of the ancient Cologne Cathedral on March 6 1945. Public domain.