MEMORIES OF A SECRET LISTENER
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.