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Foley: The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews Hardcover – 21 Jan 1999

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; First Edition edition (21 Jan. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340718501
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340718506
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 24.2 x 3.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 468,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The terrible tale of the Holocaust is mitigated in some tiny part by a few stories of grace and heroism; of these moments of reprieve, the story of Oscar Schindler is perhaps the best known. The inaction of foreign bureaucracies scared of offending Germany and precipitating conflict is well-known; less famous are the details of how many German Jews were procured exit visas and did survive.

Frank Foley was the British passport officer in Berlin, and would have none of the nonsense of his superiors; he endlessly bent the rules and found pretexts for getting people out. This was all the more remarkable because he was also running a major intelligence operation, acquiring details of most of Germany's military research and development that were eventually crucial to Allied victory. The double bluff whereby he concealed his spying operations through known and active hostility to the regime was both ingenious and let him do what he was morally drawn to. Foley also had a crucial role in frustrating various schemes of the Stalinist Comintern, acquiring double agents who, for example, prevented a pro-Russian coup in Brazil. Foley-The Spy Who Saved 10,000 Jews is a fascinating story, efficiently rather than memorably told.--Roz Kavaney

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The extraordinary and little-known story of 'the British Schindler'.

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I bought this book on the recommendation of a friend. It is the story of one man who had an enormous impact on the lives of many thousands of people during the second world war. Written by a defence correspondent, it is eminently readable and tells of the courage and humanity of a quiet unassuming man. I would recommend the book to anyone whether or not they believe themselves to be interested in the history of WW2.
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A very modest and unassuming man, but up at the very front of the intelligence war against the Nazis.... his personal conviction was that lives needed to be saved and he broke the rules to do that, putting his own life in considerable danger
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I read this the first time around and am so pleased that it has been reissued. It is such an amazing story wonderfully researched by Michael Smith. Inspirational !
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Truly amazing book one that everyone really ought to read, he deserved so much more recognition than he received for all he did, a truly amazing man.
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Unbelievable story about the second world war. A true hero in every sense. Great read in every sesnse of the word
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