The Walls have Ears

Helen Fry

Chair: Robin Lustig

01/03/2020 11:00 am
Kings Place, St Pancras Room

Helen Fry reveals the history of the elaborate WWII intelligence operation whereby Hitler’s generals were tricked into giving away Nazi secrets. Orchestrated by MI6 spymaster Thomas Kendrick from his headquarters at the Tower of London, German prisoners’ cells were bugged and listeners installed behind the walls to record their conversations. These prisoners were then wined and dined at stately-homes-turned-prisons to encourage talk. Helen discusses the inner workings of this stupendous bugging operation with Robin Lustig.

Helen Fry


Historian Dr Helen Fry has written over 25 books on the Second World War with particular reference to British intelligence, espionage, prisoners of war and the secret war. She has also written a number of books about the 10,000 Germans who fought for Britain in WWII. Her acclaimed book The Walls Have Ears became a bestseller and was in the Daily Mail’s Top 8 Books of the Year on War. Her latest book MI9: A History of the British Secret Service for Escape and Evasion has attracted widespread media attention. Helen has appeared in numerous TV documentaries as well as live BBC news interviews. She is an Ambassador for The Museum of Military Intelligence and President of the Friends of the National Archives. Image cr. Greg Morrison

Robin Lustig


Robin Lustig is a journalist and broadcaster who presented The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4 from 1989 to 2012 and Newshour on BBC World Service. In 2014 he was named Independent Blogger of the Year.

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