By Mark Simmons

This can be the tale of the main profitable German secret agent of worldwide warfare II, the Albanian Elyesa Bazna - an untrained opportunist.

Bazna labored as a valet to the British ambassador to Turkey in Ankara. He photographed 'Top Secret' fabric, which he offered for colossal sums to the Germans. He grew to become the main hugely paid undercover agent in heritage. even if, he by no means received to take pleasure in his ill-gotten profits, for the British banknotes he demanded got here from 'Operation Bernhard', the counterfeiting undertaking organize via the SD, the Nazi international espionage division.

Cicero even stumbled throughout 'Operation Overlord', code-name for D-Day. due to in-fighting among quite a few German departments, complete use was once by no means made from this. Having accessed lately published British mystery provider documents - the affair has continually been a humiliation to the British.

Mark Simmons weaves jointly own money owed by means of the prime characters and knowledge from top-secret documents from MI5, MI6 and the CIA to inform the impressive tale of Agent Cicero.

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That they will deny some of its contents is equally certain. That they will endeavor to punish me I have little doubt. indb xxxi 3/19/12 8:30 AM xxxii Preface at their mercy. Had I returned to America in silence and prudently devoted myself to routine duties, I would have had little to fear, even after all that I did to thwart Nazidom in Luxembourg. In order that I may not be unmindful of its power, Deutschland Sender in Berlin has already honored me as an object of mild attack, having accused me of being an instrument of Jewish world domination, of having “poisoned the mind of the Prince of Luxembourg against the Third Reich,” and of having been largely responsible for the formidable moral resistance to Germany that the people of Luxembourg have continuingly offered.

25 On one of these days Bob Casey came over to my house to hear a German broadcast, which I translated as it came in. We drove back to the city together and spoke of the inevitability of a German invasion of Luxembourg. “I have no doubt of the final rescue of Luxembourg. ” I said “Yes. ” Casey agreed. “As if this nation needed trial by fire, or could be strengthened by being tortured. The whole history of its people is but the achieving of a fairer, better, nobler standard, applied in actual life and human relationships.

As I said, things returned to a kind of normality. But it is impossible to describe accurately just what it means for a small country at peace to be between two major belligerents. 7 Although this fighting was not as intense as it developed when Germany let loose the Blitz-Krieg, it was nevertheless all the war we had. 9 6. ” Loll Weber, Henri Pensis, ein Dirigent aus Luxemburg (1900–1958) (Luxemburg: Imprimerie Saint-Paul, 1998), 87–88. , “Das letzte Lied war ein Schrei nach Freiheit,” LuxWort, 14 September 1989, 5.

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