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Eavesdropping on Hell: Historical Guide to Western Communications Intelligence and the Holocaust, 1939-1945 (Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor)

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This recent government publication investigates an area often overlooked by historians: the impact of the Holocaust on the Western powers' intelligence-gathering community. A guide for researchers rather than a narrative study, it explains the archival organization of wartime records accumulated by the U.S. Army's Signal Intelligence Service and Britain's Government Code and Cypher School. In addition, it summarizes Holocaust-related information intercepted during the war years and deals at length with the fascinating question of how information about the Holocaust first reached the West.

The guide begins with brief summaries of the history of anti-Semitism in the West and early Nazi policies in Germany. An overview of the Allies' system of gathering communications intelligence follows, along with a list of American and British sources of cryptologic records. A concise review of communications intelligence notes items of particular relevance to the Holocaust's historical narrative, and the book concludes with observations on cryptology and the Holocaust. Numerous photographs illuminate the text.

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This official government publication explains the archival organization of wartime records for the U.S. Army's Signal Intelligence Service and Britain's Government Code and Cypher School. In addition, it summarizes Holocaust-related information intercepted during the war years.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments
A Note on Terminology
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1: Background
The Context of European and Nazi Anti-Semitism
Previous Histories and Articles
Chapter 2: Overview of the Western Communications Intelligence System during World War II
Step 1: Setting the Requirements, Priorities, and Division of Effort
Step 2: Intercepting the Messages
Step 3: Processing the Intercept
Step 4: Disseminating the COMINT
From Intercept to Decryption – the Processing of a German Police Message
Chapter 3: Sources of Cryptologic Records Relating to the Holocaust
The National Archives and Records Administration
The Public Record Office
Miscellaneous Collections
Chapter 4: Selected Topics from the Holocaust
A. The General Course of the Holocaust and Allied COMINT
B. Jewish Refugees, the Holocaust, and the Growing Strife in Palestine
C. The Vichy Regime and the Jews
D. The Destruction of Hungarys Jews, 1944
E. Japan and the Jews in the Far East
F. Nazi Gold: National and Personal Assets Looted by Nazis and Placed in Swiss Banks, 1943–1945
Chapter 5: Some Observations about Western Communications Intelligence and the Holocaust
What was Known from COMINT
When the COMINT Agencies Knew
Some Further Observations Regarding the Available Archival Records
There are limited COMINT agency records about the Holocaust
There are significant differences between the archival records holdings of the cryptologic agencies of the United States and Great Britain
The Western communications intelligence agencies collected many more intercepts than they finally processed during the War
There are pertinent uses for the available records from the COMINT agencies related to the Holocaust
Appendix 1: Selected Allied Monitoring Stations (MS) and Designators
Appendix 2: Annotated Sample of Diplomatic Translations and German Police Decrypt   
Appendix 3 Attached Documents
Vrba-Wetzler Cable, 26 June 1944
German Foreign office message to Buenos Aiers regarding a pension applicants Jewish wife, 13 January 1943
Spanish diplomatic message referring to Raoul Wallenberg
VN 1260: German translation of intercepted U.S. Department of State message from embassy in Bern, Switzerland, 19 October 1944
[DOS Nr. 6927] Regarding the status of interned Hungarian Jews
German report of results of deportation of Hungarian Jews, 30 December 1944.
From O.S.S. source “George Wood.”  
Bibliography   
Glossary of Terms, Abbreviations, and Acronyms
Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486481272
Author:
Hanyok, Robert J
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Author:
Hanyok, Robert J.
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
222
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.5 in 0.66 lb

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History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » Germany
History and Social Science » World History » General
History and Social Science » World History » Holocaust

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