The Walls have Ears
Chair: Robin Lustig
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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.
Historian and biographer Helen Fry is the author of more than twenty books focusing on intelligence, prisoners of war, and the social history of the Second World War, including Spymaster: The Secret Life of Kendrick which was shortlisted for the St Ermin’s Hotel Intelligence Book Award.
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.