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SPYMASTER: THE MAN WHO SAVED MI6
Helen Fry - Return visit of this highly acclaimed author

Thomas Joseph Kendrick was one of the most senior spymasters of the British Secret Service in the 20th century. From the shadows of a clandestine world, he tracked Communist agents across Europe in the 1920s and Nazi spies in the 1930s from his headquarters in Vienna. The head of MI6 placed him at the heart of espionage in Vienna as the British passport officer, but this was a cover for his true role in running spy networks into Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Italy and Nazi Germany.
After Hitler annexed Austria in March 1938, the courageous spymaster embarked on a humanitarian mission to save Austria's Jews. He issued fake visas and papers for those who did not qualify for emigration, saving up to 200 Jews a day in an extraordinary legacy for which he has yet to be fully recognised.
Dubbed 'the elusive Englishman', his real identity eluded the Hitler's Secret Service (the Abwehr) until his betrayal by a double agent in the summer of 1938. Kendrick faced 'Soviet-style interrogation' from the Gestapo, before being expelled for spying. He returned to London and disappeared from the public eye... but behind the scenes in the Second World War he headed one of the most important intelligence operations of the war that shortened the war and saved thousands of lives. At the heart of his wartime operation were German-Jewish refugee "secret listeners" who eavesdropped on prisoners' conversations and Hitler's Generals in captivity.
The spymaster's work saved MI6 from a number of intelligence disasters that threatened its very existence and the survival of Britain.

Jan 17, 2022 08:00 PM in London

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