Erich Traub and Lyme Disease

Dr. Erich Traub was a Nazi germ warfare scientist allegedly smuggled
into the United States in 1949 from the former Soviet Union under the
auspices of the top secret United States government program Operation

Dr. Traub is known as the father of the Plum Island biological
research lab, located 6 miles from Old Lyme, Connecticut. According to
the book Lab 257, by author Michael Carroll, Dr. Traub was chief of
Insel Riems, a virological research institute in the Baltic sea now
known as the Friedrich Loeffler Institute.[2]

Traub worked directly for Adolf Hitler's second in charge, Heinrich
Himmler.[3] At Insel Riems, Dr. Traub's interests included personally
collecting Rinderpest virus from Anatolia, and packaging weaponized
foot and mouth disease for dispersal onto cattle and reindeer in
Russia.[3] Dr. Traub also experimented with the glanders bacteria and
had a particular fascination for organisms that voraciously devour the

According to his National Defense Program FBI application form, he was
born on June 27, 1906 in Asperglen, Germany and he died in Germany in

[edit] Plum Island
In the book, The Belarus Secret, author John Loftus, the Justice
Department employee who exposed Kurt Waldheim as a Nazi, states that
Nazi germ warfare scientists had experimented with poison ticks
dropped from planes to spread rare diseases. Loftus also states that
he had received information that the United States had tested some of
these poison ticks on the Plum Island artillery range off the coast of
Connecticut during the early part of the 1950s. [4]

Michael Carroll quotes former Plum Island lab director Jerry Callis
talking about tick research on Plum Island:

"Plum Island experimented with ticks, but never outside of
containment. We had a tick colony where you take them and feed them on
the virus and breed ticks to see how many generations it would last,
on and on, until its diluted. Recently they reinstated the tick

Carroll additionally cites a 1978 US Department of Agriculture (UDSA)
document titled "African Swine Fever," which further confirms the use
of ticks as biowar vectors on Plum Island, noting that the report

"In 1975 and 1976 the adult and nyphal stages of Ablyomma americanum
(the Lone Star tick) and Ablyomma cajunense (the Cayenne tick) were
found to be incapable of harboring and transmitting African Swine
fever virus."

Coincidentally, the Lyme disease outbreak was identified about the
time of the Swine Fever tick study conducted on Plum Island. Also at
the time of the Plum Island Swine Fever experiments, the Lone Star
tick's range was limited to Texas. Today it is endemic in New Jersey,
New York State and Connecticut, and as Carroll states in Lab 257, no
one can answer how the Lone Star tick migrated from Texas to New York
and Connecticut.

Erich Traub's legacy of experimentation using insects as disease
vectors continued during the 1980s at Plum Island under the
jurisdiction of Entomologist Dr. Richard Endris, who is reported to
have nurtured over 200,000 soft and hard ticks of varying species in
tick nurseries on Plum Island, personally collected from locations as
far away as Cameroon, Africa.[3] In a footnote in Lab 257, Carroll
notes that Endris, while under contract with the US Army lab at Fort
Detrick had also conducted experiments in 1987 on Plum Island, using
sand flies as vectors of the fatal illness Leishmaniasis.[3] The work
is alleged by Carroll to have been done in secrecy, with few safety

Carroll cites Dr. Traub as having worked with the U.S. Army, the Navy,
the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the UDSA before he returned
to Germany in 1953. Dr. Traub is known to have visited Plum Island on
at least three different occasions, and was offered the directorship
there several times.

[edit] References
^ Hunt, Linda. Secret Agenda: The United States Government, Nazi
Scientists, and Project Paperclip, 1945 to 1990. New York: St.Martin's
Press, 1991. 340 pages
^ Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute, Federal Research Institute for Animal
Health, History: Isle of Riems
^ a b c d e f Carroll, Michael (2004). Lab 257:The Disturbing Story of
the Government's Secret Germ Laboratory. New York: HarperCollins
Publishers. ISBN 0-06-001141-6
^ Loftus, John (1982). The Belarus Secret. Knopf. ISBN 0394522923.