A Spy at the Heart of the Third Reich: The Extraordinary Life of Fritz Kolbe, America's Most Important Spy in World War II Audio CD – Unabridged, March 1, 2005
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 9 ounces
- ISBN-10 : 1400101476
- ISBN-13 : 978-1400101474
- Dimensions : 6.4 x 1.1 x 5.3 inches
- Publisher : Tantor Audio (March 1, 2005)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,678,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The author makes a significant historical contribution as he lays out his well-documented story of s man who not only did not become subservient to the stifling Hitler regime but often and frequently risked his life to smuggle vital information to the Allied effort to defeat Mazi Germany.
Throughout Kolbe`s career his work is often not believed or is trivialized, yet with the stalwart support of Allan Dulles, he continues his self-imposed mission to rid his country of Hitler's destructive reign. It is remarkable to note that he wanted no compensation for his painstaking efforts to funnel the most information possible to the Allies. He sacrifices his family life to his calling, never getting to know his son Peter whom he left in South Africa with friends.
Kolbe early on had an ability to get along with and form friendships with multiple people who knowingly or unknowingly helped him with his crucial wartime work. After the war Kolbe faces rejection and indifference yet diggedly keeps trying to help post-war Germany rid itself of the Nazi poison.
The author has done an outstanding job of presenting this deeply researched yet highly readable work. At times in the book when he lacks necessary factual detail, he doesn't fudge , it but admits a detail is missing in the narrative. Perhaps ironically, Fritz' s "estranged" son provided the author with a wealth of documents, letters, etc to help tell his fathers story.. The historical accuracy of this well told story is backed up by a monumental amount of very readable footnotes at book's end.
This reviewer cannot praise highly enough this "labor of love that should bring more attention to an "ordinary man " who took on and weakened a monster machine,
Top reviews from other countries
I won't spoil the contents of the book, but in brief Kolbe worked for the German Diplomatic Service from 1925 to the end of the war.His job caused him to have access to secret German documents (such as the selling of gold to the Swiss), which he passed to the Americans whilst on official journeys to Switzerland.He was never caught by the Germans (instant death sentence) or even suspected.Not being a Nazi party member, he was even promoted in July 1944.
This story only emerged due to declassified documents from the US in the early 2000's.Kolbe himself died in 1971.
A worthy read.A very brave man too.
To a degree I feel for Kolbe who could not catch a break at the end of hostilities by either the Allies or the new Germany.
A great read.