The Gestapo s Most Improbable Hostage

I remember very clearly the day on which I was supposed to dieSo starts the story of Squadron Leader Hugh Mallory Falconer, British Special Operations Executive agent and prisoner of the Nazis for over two and a half grueling years.When he ...

Author: Hugh Mallory Falconer

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781526721846

Category: History

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I remember very clearly the day on which I was supposed to dieSo starts the story of Squadron Leader Hugh Mallory Falconer, British Special Operations Executive agent and prisoner of the Nazis for over two and a half grueling years.When he was caught out of uniform by the Gestapo in Tunisia not long after the culmination of Operation Torch in 1942, he had no right to expect anything but the worst. Quite miraculously however, his papers vanished whilst he was being sent to Gestapo HQ in Berlin and, as a result, no-one could make out who he was. This, coupled with his quick-thinking and cunning whilst under interrogation, led to the Nazis including him in a group of high-profile hostages, holding him alongside such notable figures as the former French Minister Leon Blum.The group was intended to save the Nazi leaders' necks as the War ground down to its inevitable end. Offered a certain amount of protection on account of their special status in the eyes of their captors, they experienced the war from a unique vantage point. Held at a variety of infamous camps, including Sachsenhausen, Dachau and Buchenwald, Squadron Leader Mallory was taken on a virtual grand tour of the Third Reich, witnessing the full extent of its horrors.Then in 1945, he was forced to new heights of cunning when the Nazis began exterminating their captives. His daughter, who has painstakingly transcribed the only copy of her fathers memoirs, describes this book, published here for the first time, as a personal manual on keeping your sanity when your weight has dropped to that of a small German Shepherd dog, you are covered in vermin, you are alone and you have everything to fear. It makes for vital and compelling reading.
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The Extraordinary Life of Mike Cumberlege SOE

Falconer, H. M., The Gestapo's Most Improbable Hostage (London: Pen & Sword Books, 2018). Moorhouse, R., Berlin at War (London: The Bodley Head, 2010).

Author: Robin Knight

Publisher: Fonthill Media

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Category: History

Page: 208

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This first-ever biography of of Lt. Cdr. Mike Cumberlege DSO & Bar, Greek Medal of Honour, murdered in Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp in Feb/March 1945, recalls a man who was `truly Elizabethan in character-a combination of gaiety and solidity and sensitiveness and poetry with daring and adventurousness-and great courage.' Cumberlege came from a maverick sea-going family. He was highly resourceful and lived by his wits, skippering ocean-going yachts for wealthy Americans before the war. In 1936 he married Nancy; their relationship was close and, with the sea, forms a thread in the book. From 1940 Cumberlege and served in undercover roles in the Royal Navy in Marseilles and Cape Verde and was on the staff of General de Gaulle in London. Posted to Egypt in 1941 in the SOE, he formed a para-naval force of fishing vessels, took part in fighting in Greece, attacked the Corinth Canal, escaped from Crete, was wounded and returned three times to Crete clandestinely. On a second operation to destroy the Corinth Canal in 1943 he was captured. Tortured in Mauthausen concentration camp, he was transferred to Sachsenhausen and spent 21 months in solitary confinement. The book contains unique material gathered from the family and from well-wishers in places as far apart as Ukraine, Australia and the USA.
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Hitler s Last Plot

The Gestapo's Most Improbable Hostage. Barnsley, UK: Pen & Sword, 2018. Freeman, Roger A., Alan Crouchman, and Vic Maslen. The Mighty Eighth War Diary.

Author: Ian Sayer

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780306921575

Category: History

Page: 352

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Revealed for the first time: how the SS rounded up the Nazis' most prominent prisoners to serve as human shields for Hitler in the last days of World War II In April 1945, as Germany faced defeat, Hitler planned to round up the Third Reich's most valuable prisoners and send them to his "Alpine Fortress," where he and the SS would keep the hostages as they made a last stand against the Allies. The prisoners included European presidents, prime ministers, generals, British secret agents, and German anti-Nazi clerics, celebrities, and officers who had aided the July 1944 bomb plot against Hitler--and the prisoners' families. Orders were given to the SS: if the German military situation deteriorated, the prisoners were to be executed--all 139 of them. So began a tense, deadly drama. As some prisoners plotted escape, others prepared for the inevitable, and their SS guards grew increasingly volatile, drunk, and trigger-happy as defeat loomed. As a dramatic confrontation between the SS and the Wehrmacht threatened the hostages caught in the middle, the US Army launched a frantic rescue bid to save the hostages before the axe fell. Drawing on previously unpublished and overlooked sources, Hitler's Last Plot is the first full account of this astounding and shocking story, from the original round-up order to the prisoners' terrifying ordeal and ultimate rescue. Told in a thrilling, page-turning narrative, this is one of World War II's most fascinating episodes.
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Fey s War

573 8 '“The target”' Hugh Mallory Falconer, The Gestapo's Most Improbable Hostage (Pen and Sword Aviation, 2018), p. 117 9 '“The warders”' Payne Best, ...

Author: Catherine Bailey

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241989456

Category: History

Page: 480

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**Formerly published as The Lost Boys** 'As thrilling as any novel. Bailey has an extraordinary talent for bringing history to life' Kate Atkinson 'Remarkable. A powerful, engrossing story of a journey into the heart of darkness and final escape from it' Sunday Times ___________________________________________________________ In September, 1944, the SS march into a remote Italian castle, arrest a mother and seize her two sons, aged just two and three. If Hitler has his way she will never see them again. For Fey Pirzio-Biroli is the daughter of Ulrich von Hassell, executed days before after the failed assassination of the Fuhrer. Mercilessly cast into the Nazi death machine, Fey must cling to the hope that one day she will escape and rescue her lost children . . . An extraordinary story of resistance at the heart of the Second World War, Fey's War is an illuminating and devastating true account of great personal sacrifice, of loss and, above all, of defiance. ___________________________________________________________ 'Riveting, important, reads like a terrifying thriller' Daily Telegraph 'Heartbreaking. It started with a plot to kill Hitler. It ended in one of the most astonishing and moving stories of the war' Daily Mail 'Extraordinary. A rich, deep, gripping read' Guardian 'As thrilling as any novel. Bailey has an extraordinary talent for bringing history to life' Kate Atkinson
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The Lost Boys

573 8 '“The target”' Hugh Mallory Falconer, The Gestapo's Most Improbable Hostage (Pen and Sword Aviation, 2018), p. 117 9 '“The warders”' Payne Best, ...

Author: Catherine Bailey

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780241257821

Category: History

Page: 480

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'To say that Catherine Bailey makes history come alive is such a cliché and yet it's so true, she is absolutely one of my favourite writers' Kate Atkinson ___________________________________________________________ Berlin, September 1944. Ulrich von Hassell, former ambassador to Italy and a key member of the German Resistance, is executed for his part in an assassination plot against Hitler. In response to the attack, Himmler, leader of the SS, orders the arrest of all the families of the plotters. In a remote castle in Italy, von Hassell's beloved daughter, Fey, is discovered just when she thought she had escaped the Nazi net. She is arrested and her two sons, aged three and two are seized by the SS. Fey has no idea of her children's fate as she is dragged away on a terrifying journey to the darkest corners of a Europe savaged by war. Moving from a palazzo in the heart of the Italian countryside to the horrors of Buchenwald, Catherine Bailey tells an extraordinary story of resistance at the heart of the Second World War. The Lost Boys is an illuminating and devastating account of great personal sacrifice, of loss and, above all, of defiance. ___________________________________________________________ 'Remarkable . . . The Lost Boys is a powerful, engrossing story of a journey into the heart of darkness and final escape from it' Sunday Times 'Bailey has an extraordinary ability to penetrate right to the heart of a family and uncover often painful stories. An important book' Daily Telegraph 'Bailey has a knack for bringing characters to life . . . Fascinating' Times 'Bailey has an extraordinary talent for bringing history to life and The Lost Boys is as thrilling as any novel' Daily Mail 'One of the most harrowing, beautifully written and brilliantly researched books I have read in a very long time' Selina Hastings
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Hostages

... and that she had signally failed to do her most obvious duty : to inform ... the Gestapo seemed to know a good deal of her relationship with Glasenapp .

Author: Stefan Heym

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ISBN: IND:39000000135843

Category: Courage

Page: 362

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A group of twenty-six Czechoslovakian citizens are jailed until a 50,000 crown reward by the Gestapo uncovers the supposed killer of a Nazi officer whom virtually everyone suspects committed suicide. The hostages include the leader of the underground resistance movement (as played by William Bendix), whose cover is that of a washroom attendant in the nightclub where the "victim" was last seen alive. Will the hostages be released in dangerous world of bribery, deception and corruption that characterized invading armies during World War Two?
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Himmler s Hostages

... hoping to use her as a ticket to gain more freedom, it's impossible to say, although, ... an association that attracted the attention of the Gestapo.

Author: Tom Wall

Publisher: Pen and Sword Military

ISBN: 9781526785886

Category: History

Page: 272

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This book tells the true story of Himmler’s plan to use prominent WWII concentration camp prisoners as hostages in an attempt to engage the Western Powers in negotiations. At the center of the tale are five British survivors of the ‘Great Escape,’ two MI5 agents kidnapped by the Nazis, and Irish born POWs. Meticulously researched and revealing many previously unknown facts, it relates how the British group came to be integrated with a multinational group of VIP prisoners in Dachau concentration camp, including German family groups of men, women and children; relatives of those implicated in plot to kill Hitler. The lively narrative describes kidnapping, escape attempts, interpersonal conflict, betrayal and comradeship, as well as intrigues and love affairs among the prisoners, culminating in their dramatic attempt to free themselves from the SS.
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The Gestapo

It is from these that hostages could be taken when there were insufficient in the fifth category. A certain number of them were shot, a very few released, ...

Author: Jacques Delarue

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473819351

Category: History

Page: 352

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The word 'Gestapo' has become synonymous with the terrible brutality and terror of the Nazi regime in World War II. The Gestapo came into existence in 1933 as Department 1A of the Prussian State Police. Under the SS, the Gestapo grew in power, and was given the job of investigating and combatting 'all tendencies dangerous to the state'. Schutzhaft (protective custody) gave the Gestapo the power to imprison without judicial proceedings, often in concentration camps. It was also responsible for destroying opposition to Hitler. By early 1942, as the Nazi regime became increasingly unpopular in Germany, a number of protests took place. The Gestapo's response was brutal. Thousands were arrested and executed, and all dissent was crushed. The History of the Gestapo provides an authoritative overview of this sinister instrument of repression. Never before had an organisation attained such complexity, been vested with such power, or reached such a pitch of 'perfection' in efficiency and horror.
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Among Unknown Hostages

The memoirs of an American who, along with more than a thousand other ... On the way back to the Gestapo prison, the guards were forcing us to march in time ...

Author: The Memoirs of John Tomczyk

Publisher: AuthorHouse

ISBN: 9781425929596

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 256

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AMONG UNKNOWN HOSTAGES relates the experiences of American civilians who were rounded up by the Nazis and held in Internment Camps once the U.S. entered WWII. Among these thousands of men, women, and children, gentiles and Jews, whose stories have not yet been told was John Tomczyk, whose unusual adventures before and during internment provide a look into an American’s life in occupied Poland. Photos are included which demonstrate the unconquerable spirit of American patriots while inside a Nazi prison. Accounts of John’s relatives escaping a partitioned Poland, tragic stories of immigrant life in his native Chicago, and the hand fate dealt him after repatriation will show the reader a family’s journey spanning a very turbulent century.
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From Commandant to Captive The Memoirs of Stalag Luft III Commandant Col Friedrich Wilhelm Von Lindeiner Genannt Von Wildau With Postwar Interviews Letters and Testimony

I tried to calm down the most active members in some camps, ... I was dismissed, put under court- martial and a special commission of the Gestapo charged ...

Author: Marilyn Walton

Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc

ISBN: 9781483431574

Category: History

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At 6:30 a.m. on 27 January 1945, Col. Friedrich von Lindeiner, the court martialed and exiled “gentleman” ex-Commandant of Stalag Luft III, sat in the waiting room of the Görlitz train station hoping to return to Sagan, Germany, to fight the approaching Russians. The distance from Görlitz to Sagan was 28.5 miles. He arrived fifteen hours later as 10,000 Allied prisoners of war were evacuating his former camp. Like them, he would soon view the war from both inside and outside the barbed wire. Later, as a prisoner of war, he was held by the British for two years before returning to a devastated and divided Germany.
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Captive University

... 1930s organized persecution and beatings of Jews and, most notoriously, ... by posing questions at entrance examinations that were impossible to answer.

Author: John Connelly

Publisher: UNC Press Books

ISBN: 9781469623856

Category: History

Page: 456

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This comparative history of the higher education systems in Poland, East Germany, and the Czech lands reveals an unexpected diversity within East European stalinism. With information gleaned from archives in each of these places, John Connelly offers a valuable case study showing how totalitarian states adapt their policies to the contours of the societies they rule. The Communist dictum that universities be purged of "bourgeois elements" was accomplished most fully in East Germany, where more and more students came from worker and peasant backgrounds. But the Polish Party kept potentially disloyal professors on the job in the futile hope that they would train a new intelligentsia, and Czech stalinists failed to make worker and peasant students a majority at Czech universities. Connelly accounts for these differences by exploring the prestalinist heritage of these countries, and particularly their experiences in World War II. The failure of Polish and Czech leaders to transform their universities became particularly evident during the crises of 1968 and 1989, when university students spearheaded reform movements. In East Germany, by contrast, universities remained true to the state to the end, and students were notably absent from the revolution of 1989.
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Greece

Author: Dēmētrios Kaklamanos

Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B420241

Category: Greece

Page: 159

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Captive Continent

They attributed benevolent motives to the Gestapo , even when their behavior was vicious . Like many hostages , they came to “ understand ” their captors .

Author: Philip Pilevsky

Publisher: Praeger Pub Text

ISBN: UOM:39015014329042

Category: Political Science

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A provocative contribution to the international relations literature, Captive Continent argues that there has been a shift in Western European sympathies in recent years. According to Pilevsky, this shift has taken the form of either nationalistic neutralism or a pro-Soviet position on many significant issues. Further, Pilevsky contends, Western Europe's new distrust of its ally, the U.S., and its seeming trust of its enemy, the USSR, is analogous to hostage behavior as characterized by the Stockholm Syndrome--which posits that the effects of fear on an individual or group will often lead to an identification with that which is feared. Pilevsky's discussion of the Stockholm Syndrome and its relevance to Europe proceeds along two parallel paths. First, he clearly delineates the syndrome and explores its bearing on the current situation in Europe--a situation in which nominal allies of the U.S. often seem more ready to side with the USSR in policy disputes. According to the author, Western Europe is, in a profoundly psychological way, a captive of the Soviet Union. In this relationship, based on fear and dependence, Western Europe comes increasingly to identify with its captor at the expense of the U.S. The second focus of the discussion is the identification of Russia's active participation in a strategy to make Europe hostage. As Pilevsky demonstrates, recent events support his contention that the Soviet Union not only benefits from the Stockholm Syndrome, but continues to take steps to foster the hostage-captor relationship. In his conclusion, Pilevsky suggests ways for the U.S. to more successfully deal with its allies and makes 10 recommendations for NATO.
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Conditions in Occupied Territories

Most of the hostages were shot there in the local prison on the Polish ... The German Gestapo surrounded the factory and from the 2 , 000 workers picked out ...

Author: United Nations Information Organisation (London, England)

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015024865589

Category: World War, 1939-1945

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Conditions in Occupied Territories a Series of Reports

Most of the hostages were shot there in the local prison on the Polish Independence ... The German Gestapo surrounded the factory and from the 2,000 workers ...

Author: United Nations Information Organisation (London, England)

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ISBN: UCAL:$B46502

Category: World War, 1939-1945

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Netherlands News Digest

Hundreds of persons , many of them hostages , have fallen before Nazi execution ... He said that in one instance the Gestapo forced a captured underground ...

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ISBN: UOM:39015039448314

Category: Netherlands

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The Unbelievable Gustavo Adolfo Rol

I saved so many people! They gave my name to hundreds of children ... So Rol went to Herr [a Gestapo officer]; in the Gestapo, Herr was considered a Baron.

Author: Franco Rol

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781326002145

Category: Biography & Autobiography

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In the twentieth century in Italy, there was a man who during his lifetime (1903-1994) became a legend for those who did not know him, and a great spiritual Teacher for those who were lucky enough to meet him. His name was Gustavo Rol, and he was an upper class gentleman who dressed elegantly, possessed an encyclopedic body of knowledge, the soul of an artist and the spirit of a mystic. As a young man, like Prince Siddhartha, he obtained enlightenment, even though he never declared as much openly. One of the consequences was that he began to manifest an impressive range of "possibilities" that are generally referred to as "paranormal" clairvoyance, telepathy, precognition, bilocation, levitation, telekinesis and many more. This anthology collects all of the anecdotes recounted over more than 60 years from numerous witnesses, including famous personalities from the Italian and international cultural scene. According to Rol, in the future science will be capable of explaining these phenomena...
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Hostage of the Third Reich

Finally , at midday , the train arrived , and the Gestapo agent led us on ... There was a continuous low murmur of talking , and I found it impossible ...

Author: Fey Von Hassell

Publisher: Macmillan Reference USA

ISBN: STANFORD:36105081985215

Category: History

Page: 264

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The daughter of Germany's ambassador to Italy during World War II relives her experience as a hostage of Heinrich Himmler at the close of the war
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The American Scandinavian Review

The Gestapo chief asked , “ Do Denmark's freedom . ... have suffered cutioners lost one of their prisoners , who many casualties ; they have now been will ...

Author: Henry Goddard Leach

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ISBN: IND:32000000485393

Category: Scandinavia

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Vol. 14, no. 5 (May 1926) is special issue devoted to John Ericsson.
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English Texts Contexts 2

The Gestapo is treating them very roughly and transporting them in cattle - trucks ... Escape is almost impossible ; many people look Jewish , and they're ...

Author: F. Pollock

Publisher: Pascal Press

ISBN: 1741251052

Category: English language

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