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Forgotten History-Lucky Luciano, the Mafia and WWII

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Without romanticizing it ,because the Mafia was and is a violent organisation, however they did use to operate under a strict code and even to the’Mob’ the Nazi regime was unacceptable.

The American government collaborated with the Mafia during WWII

Operation Underworld

During the early days of World War II, the U.S. Office of Naval Intelligence suspected that Italian and German agents were entering the United States through New York, and that these facilities were susceptible to sabotage. The loss of SS Normandie in February 1942 especially raised fears and suspicions in the Navy about possible sabotage in the Eastern ports.

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A Navy Intelligence Unit, B3, assigned more than a hundred agents to investigate possible Benito Mussolini’s supporters within the predominantly Italian-American fisherman and dockworker population on the waterfront. Their efforts were fruitless as the dockworkers and fishermen in the Italian Mafia-controlled waterfront were tight-lipped and distant to strangers.The Navy contacted…

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