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5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating book on one of WWII's unsung heros., 18 May 2000
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This review is from: Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews (Paperback)
Despite his secretive background as a member of MI6, it is astounding that Foley's story has not been told long before now, not least by the Israelis and many of the Jews or their descendants who owe him their lives. Fascinating though that part of his life is, it is but one episode in several high profile roles which he played in the Second World War. Following his departure from Germany on the outbreak of war, he moved to Norway, where he soon became a key figure in the plot to save the King and defend the country from German invasion. Although the King eventually moved to Britain and the country was over-run, Foley did his utmost to persuade the British government to intervene and was awarded one of Norway's highest medals in recognition of his efforts. Back in Britain, he continued to run wartime agents in Norway. He became one of the few to debrief Hitler's Deputy, Rudolf Hess, after his flight to Britain. Subsequently he became intimately involved in Operation Doublecross - a scheme to turn agents around the world to work for Britain against the Nazis. As part of this massive disinformation scheme, he was involved in the famous "man who never was" - planting incorrect information on Allied landings on a body which was washed up on shore in Europe.
Through it all, Foley shines through as a clever, decent man of the utmost compassion, who was respected by all who worked with him. A wholly absorbing book on an essentially self-effacing British hero.
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