By Alex Kershaw
The best-selling writer of The Liberator brings to lifestyles the amazing precise tale of an American health professional in Paris, and his heroic espionage efforts in the course of international battle II
The leafy street Foch, the most unique residential streets in Nazi-occupied France, used to be Paris's hotbed of bold spies, murderous mystery police, amoral informers, and Vichy collaborators. So while American surgeon Sumner Jackson, who lived along with his spouse and younger son Phillip at quantity eleven, came upon himself drawn into the Liberation community of the French resistance, he knew the stakes have been impossibly excessive. simply down the line at quantity 31 was once the "mad sadist" Theodor Dannecker, an Eichmann protégé charged with deporting French Jews to focus camps. And quantity eighty four housed the Parisian headquarters of the Gestapo, run through the best secret agent hunter in Nazi Germany.
From his workplace on the American clinic, itself an epicenter of Allied and Axis intrigue, Jackson smuggled fallen Allied fighter pilots properly out of France, a task complex by means of the health center director's shut ties to collaborationist Vichy. After witnessing the brutal round-up of his Jewish acquaintances, Jackson invited Liberation to formally function out of his domestic at quantity 11--but the noose quickly started to tighten. whilst his mystery lifestyles used to be stumbled on through his Nazi friends, he and his family members have been compelled to undertake a trip into the darkish middle of the war-torn continent from which there has been little probability of return.
Drawing upon a wealth of basic resource fabric and huge interviews with Phillip Jackson, Alex Kershaw recreates the town of sunshine in the course of its darkest days. The untold tale of the Jackson kin anchors the suspenseful narrative, and Kershaw dazzles readers with the shiny immediacy of the easiest secret agent thrillers. Awash with the demanding surroundings of worldwide battle II's Europe, Avenue of Spies introduces us to the courageous general practitioner who risked every little thing to defy Hitler.
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Extra resources for Avenue of Spies: A True Story of Terror, Espionage, and One American Family's Heroic Resistance in Nazi-Occupied Paris
The code-breakers of Room 40 celebrated with champagne. There are few more significant examples of the direct impact of code-breaking upon international relations. 5 In 1919 the British government's Secret Service Committee, chaired by Lord Curzon, the rather formidable Foreign Secretary, recommended that a unified peacetime code-breaking agency should be created. This involved the difficult merger of two quite separate organisations. The head of the Army codebreakers, Major Malcolm Hay, was awkward and argumentative, while his naval equivalent, Commander Alastair Denniston, proved to be suave and diplomatic.
During talks in Washington, Alastair Denniston persuaded the US Army that it should 'take over investigation of Japanese main army cipher soon as priority commitment'. 41 The British were glad to see the back of it. At the end of the war approximately 2,500 Americans would still be working on this one Japanese cypher to no avail. All the while, Britain was also de cyphering some American traffic. Amongst the decrypts selected for the personal perusal of Winston Churchill were those of many Allied and neutral countries.
Stalin later awarded him the Order of the Red Banner in recognition of his achievement. 26 Soon after Kursk, Cairncross moved again. He now returned to London and ended up in Section V, the counter-intelligence section of SIS, working alongside Kim Philby. Although he worked with Philby, Guy Burgess and indeed Donald Maclean, Cairncross was unaware of their common allegiance to Moscow, and believed he was the sole high-grade KGB agent in Whitehall. Bizarrely, he was caught in 1951 because of an official note in his handwriting found in the flat of Guy Burgess after Burgess had fled to Moscow with Maclean.