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The game of the foxes: The untold story of German espionage in the United States and Great Britain during World War II Hardcover – 1971
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Farago wrote this account using captured Abwehr (German Human Intelligence) records in government archives that had been long overlooked. It tells an interesting story of the intelligence operations conducted by Nazi Germany against the Allies from their perspective.
To get the full impact of Farago's book, I suggest reading Masterman's XX book, which is a record of the incredibly successful British Counterintelligence operations working against the German intelligence services. The two books together tell the whole story.
The Double-Cross system was also informative as well, and the games that spies on all sides played in order to make certain their side won were informative and interesting.
Some of the things that were done were quite simple and some were extremely difficult and diverse. It was definately worth purchasing and I only wish I had heard of the book sooner than last year.
In 1936 the British colony in Holland was badly shaken by a scandal. On September 4, Major Dalton was found shot dead in his quarters. It was a plain case of suicide. An audit of his books had revealed a substantial shortage in a special slush fund entrusted to his care.
Earlier in the year, the British had abruptly begun to block the migration of Europe's frantic Jews to Palestine. The Zionists responded by organizing an underground railroad on which able-bodied young Jews were smuggled into the Holy Land from Germany and Poland via Hungary, Rumania, and Turkey. The British Secret Service was assigned the task of combatting this illegal immigration, and a special "Palestine Fund" was appropriated for the Secret Service by the Foreign Office to finance the operation.
Dalton was given 60,000 pounds from this fund. However, even though he had a salary of 12,000 guilders a year with an expense account, Dalton dipped into the Palestine till to defray a costly love affair that was overtaxing his own means. When an audit discovered that 2,000 pounds was missing from the Palestine Fund, and Dalton could not raise the money to make up the shortage, he killed himself.
As history, this is totally fascinating. What did the British expect the Jews of Europe to do? The Nazi threat was already very clear to anyone of Jewish ancestry. Of course they wanted to escape. And yet the British government apparently wanted to condemn these people to death. I wonder how a British historian would deal with this extremely unpleasant story? There is so much more in this book that is totally fascinating. For example, we can read how and why John L. Lewis, the fabled labor leader of the 1930's, actually accepted Nazi money to campaign against Franklin D. Roosevelt. Any student of World War II will be fascinated by this book!
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