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What Happened to "Turned" German Agents in England After WWII?

Originally published under Ask Mr. History. Published Online: September 19, 2013 
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In World War II, the Germans had spies in Great Britain. Most, if not, all of these were caught and, given the option of execution or being used by the Allies to send false information back to Germany, chose to work for the Allies. What became of these agents after the war?


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Dear Albert,

It is difficult to generalize, but depending on how much their lives might be endangered, the British might have supplied them with new lives, residences, assumed names, etc. They certainly did so, it is now revealed, to most Germans who could supply them with intelligence regarding the Soviet Union in the war's immediate aftermath—as did the OSS and CIA. As you'll note from the attached example, a lot of those they gave new, protected lives had far-from-savory pasts.



Jon Guttman
Research Director
Weider History Group
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