Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Origins of John J. McCloy, Warren Commisioner


This is the famous Rothschild home in Frankfurt, Germany. For many years the Rothschilds shared ownership of a two-family house with the Schiffs. Located in the old Jewish Quarter, the house was marked on the Rothschild side by a red shield and on the Schiff side by a ship, symbols from which the surnames of the two families had originally derived.1


Jacob Schiff


Jacob Schiff, founder of the investment banking firm of Kuhn, Loeb & Co., seated center right, with
family at Farview, the Schiff summer home overlooking Bar Harbor on Mount Desert Island, Maine. Jacob Schiff's wife, Therese, is to Schiff's right.His daughter, Freida Schiff Warburg and her husband Felix Warburg are standing behind Jacob. Felix took over Kuhn Loeb when Jacob died. He also owned the Manhattan Bank which was to merge with the Rockefellers' Chase Bank in 1955.

Mount Desert Island

Mount Desert Island

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Therese Loeb Schiff


This is Anna Snader McCloy of Philadelphia. She was Therese Schiff's hairdresser during the summers on Mount Desert Island. Anna was a pretty, vigorous, and intelligent young widow who managed to make a small but decent family income by teaching herself hairdressing. During the year she catered to the rich of Philadelphia, during the summer her clients were the rich on Mount Desert Island. As one of the island's few hairdressers Anna made her rounds on foot or bicycle. Rising by six she carried her large sack of materials to "do heads". Her pleasing personality made of these rich men and women of society not only clients, but friends of a sort. Anna was the kind of woman who coveted respectability more than money. Her social standing was higher than that of a mere domestic servant. She was a "working" society woman. "In Philadelphia a gentlewoman raises the dignity of her work to her own level: she herself never sinks."2People took kindly to her only surviving son, Jack, who sometimes accompanied his mother on her rounds. They would give him secondhand toys from their own children's castoffs. One philanthropist gave her son a set of Shakespeare.


This is Anna the hairdresser's son, Jack. The photo was taken in 1916 where he was a freshman in college. Outside the classroom he began taking tutoring jobs to earn a little more money for tuition. During the summer of 1920, Jack accompanied his mother once again but this time he was able to hire himself out as a tutor of history and law. One day his mother urged him to approach the Rockefellers, one of her rich clients, for a tutoring job.


Seal Harbor

Although the Rockefeller children aleady had a history tutor his personable mother managed to get Jack a job teaching the young Rockefellers sailing in the harbor below their estate. John D. Rockefeller, Jr., was forty-six years old and had five sons and one daughter, Abby, who was seventeen at the time. John D. 3rd, Nelson, Laurance, Winthrop, and young David ranged in ages from fourteen to five. That summer set the terms for what turned out to be a lifelong association between Jack and the Rockefellers. David was so young at the time that he would scarcely remember the episode. But in the eyes of the other boys, McCloy would always seem a teacher, a mature figure, closer in authority to their father's generation than to their own.


The Rockefeller children as adults at Seal Harbor.

The hairdresser's son, John J. McCloy went on become a trusted friend and lawyer to the Schiff, Warburg and Rockefeller families. The families would trust McCloy with their most delicate assignments.


The hairdresser's son is on the right

Here is McCloy in Dealey Plaza, as the Rockefeller/Warburg man on the Warren Commission it was McCloy's job to make sure no one suspected that his patrons were behind the JFK assassination.


McCloy, far left, and spy pal Allen Dulles hand over the pile of shit they put together known as the Warren Report to Lyndon Johnson (Johnson acted like he didn't know who put him into the presidency.)


Assistant Secretary of War McCloy left.Secretary Stimson is center. General George C. Patton on right.

Because McCloy's island patrons wanted Europe to clean up Europe's undesirable populace to pave the way for theE U, the hairdressser's son, as assistant Secretary of War during WWII, prevented the railroad tracks of Auschwitz from being bombed claiming it wasn't practical to fly planes over the camp. This was a lie for which he would take a lot of heat for. Better him than Rothschild, Warburg or Rockefeller.


Nazi "war criminal" Alfried Krupp at Nuremberg was granted clemency by HICOG (High Commissioner of Germany) McCloy

After the war the hairdresser's son freed many Nazi war criminals on behalf of his patrons. A shocked Eleanor Roosevelt wrote McCloy:"Why are we freeing so many Nazis".She was obviously out of the loop. FDR was not. I guess they kept secrets from each other. In this case that was a good thing.


In 1955, the hairdresser's son merged the banks of his mother's customer's from Mount Desert Island. The Warburg's Manhattan Bank and the Rockefeller's Chase Bank. The bank would be known as Chase Manhattan.

The next time you wonder about who killed JFK or who was behind the Nazis remember the ambitious hairdresser from Philadelphia and follow the career of her able son, Jack.
More photos
1. Naomi W. Cohen, Jacob H. Schiff,(Hanover,NH,1999)p.2.
2. Kai Bird,The Chairman,(New York 1992)p.28


The Down East Dilettante said...

Utterly fascinating---found this in the course of research for a project of my own. One inaccuracy though--the photograph of the Schiffs at Bar Harbor, is most decidedly not Far View, despite the labeling on the photograph in the NYPL collection.

Cliff Shack said...

Thank you for your comment.