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Frank Foley: The Spy who saved 10,000 jews from the death camps

By: stagedoorscribbler - April 15, 2019

Foley: The British Schindler

Hear about the British Schindler - the extraordinary MI6 man Frank Foley who saved 10,000 Jews from the World War II death camps in a new series of talks coming soon by top espionage writer Michael Smith.

Smith served in British military intelligence before becoming a journalist and covering the wars in the Balkans, Iraq and Afghanistan. He was named Specialist Writer of the Year by the British Press Association for uncovering the Downing Street Memos, which exposed the truth about the intelligence used to justify the war in Iraq. 

Now he’s talking about his book Foley: The Spy who Saved 10,000 Jews. It’s an astonishing and moving story.  Frank Foley was the MI6 Head of Station in Berlin before the outbreak of WW2.  He is remembered for helping thousands of Jewish families escape from Nazi Germany after Kristallnacht and before the outbreak of war. 

At the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann, he was described as a ‘Scarlet Pimpernel’ for the way he risked his own life to save Jews threatened with death by the Nazis. 

Despite having no diplomatic immunity, Foley would bend the rules when stamping passports and issuing visas, to allow Jews to escape "legally" to Britain or Palestine. Often going into internment camps to get Jews out and hiding them in his home it is estimated that he saved tens of thousands of people from the Holocaust. the state of Israel has named Foley as Righteous Among Nations, the highest award the Jewish state can give to a Gentile.

Watch these pages for information about for talks by Michael Smith at a venue near you.