MEMORIES OF A SE­CRET LIS­TENER

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS -

FRITZ Lustig, who ar­rived in Bri­tain from Ber­lin in 1939 when he was 20-years-old, was one of the lis­ten­ers se­cretly mon­i­tor­ing the con­ver­sa­tions of Nazi of­fi­cers.

Now 98, he re­calls be­ing re­cruited af­ter strik­ing up a friend­ship with an in­tel­li­gence of­fi­cer.

Mr Lustig says: “He told me they were look­ing for refugees whose mother-tongue was Ger­man and asked if I would like him to put my name for­ward.”

Soon af­ter, he was en­listed into the Com­bined Ser­vices De­tailed In­ter­ro­ga­tion Cen­tre (CSDIC).

“I was told I mustn’t tell any­body what I was do­ing and was made to sign the Of­fi­cial Se­crets Act.

“We tried to keep our­selves pro­fes­sional and emo­tion­ally dis­tant from what we heard. As soon as we heard some­thing of in­ter­est, in­clud­ing de­tails of war crimes, we would make a record­ing. That was then tran­scribed, trans­lated into English and dis­trib­uted to other in­tel­li­gence units.

Mr Lustig wel­comes the prospect of a mu­seum. “I think it’s very im­por­tant that the work we did be­comes more widely known,” he says.

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