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Eavesdropping on Hell : historical guide to western communications intelligence and the Holocaust, 1939-1945 / Robert J. Hanyok.

Publication | Library Call Number: D810.C88 H36 2012

During World War II, several U.S. and British intelligence agencies, assisted by agencies in British Commonwealth countries, developed a communications intelligence system (known as COMINT) that intercepted German, Japanese, and their satellites' radio messages, subsequently decoding, translating, and disseminating them to interested military and political agencies. The COMINT amassed hundreds of Nazi dispatches describing the Holocaust in occupied Poland, the USSR, and elsewhere. After World War II these records were deposited in different archives of various cryptological agencies that had taken part in COMINT, situated in various countries, which created an obstacle for historians. This book presents a guide to the collections held in U.S. and British archives which contain material pertaining to the Holocaust. Provides a selection of topics that can be researched in the COMINT records, including the genocide in Eastern Europe, Vichy's policies concerning the Jews, Jewish refugees, the destruction of Hungary's Jews in 1944, and Jewish assets looted by the Nazis and placed in Swiss banks. Notes that as much as 85-90% of all messages collected by the Allied COMINT were not processed to the point of formal dissemination. Of the perhaps few hundred translations and decrypts published during the war, those containing information pertinent to the Holocaust number between 700-900. After the war, most of the unprocessed information was destroyed. (From the Bibliography of the Vidal Sassoon International Center for the Study of Antisemitism).

Book cover
Manuscript language material
Hanyok, Robert J.
Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2012
United States
Great Britain
2nd ed
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