Eavesdropping on Hell: Historical Guide to Western Communications Intelligence and the Holocaust, 1939-1945

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486481272
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 4/19/2012
  • Series: Dover Military History, Weapons, Armor Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 944,739
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the Dover Edition vii

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Background 1

The Context of European and Nazi Anti-Semitism 1

Previous Histories and Articles 5

Chapter 2 Overview of the Western Communications Intelligence System during World War II 13

Step 1 Setting the Requirements, Priorities, and Division of Effort 17

Step 2 Intercepting the Messages 24

Step 3 Processing the Intercept 33

Step 4 Disseminating the COMINT 42

From Intercept to Decryption-the Story of One German Police Message 53

Chapter 3 Sources of Cryptologic Records Relating to the Holocaust 64

The National Archives and Records Administration 64

The Public Record Office 74

Miscellaneous Collections 79

Chapter 4 Selected Topics of the Holocaust 83

A The General Course of the Holocaust and Allied COMINT 84

B Jewish Refugees, the Holocaust, and the Growing Strife in Palestine 98

C The Vichy Regime and the Jews 101

D The Destruction of Hungary's Jews, 1944 109

E Japan and the Jews in the Far East 116

F Nazi Gold: National and Personal Assets Looted by Nazis and Placed in Swiss Banks, 1943-1945 122

Chapter 5 Some Observations about Western Communications Intelligence and the Holocaust 144

What was known from Western Comint 145

When the Comint Agencies knew about the Holocaust 147

Some Further Observations Regarding the Available Archival Records 151

There are limited Comint agency records about the Holocaust 151

There are significant differences between the archival record holdings of the cryptologic agencies of the United States and Great Britain 154

The Western communications intelligence agencies collected many more intercepts than they finally processed during the war 156

There are pertinent uses for the available records from the COMINT agencies related to the Holocaust 158

Appendix 1 Selected Allied Monitoring Stations (MS) and Designators 163

Appendix 2 Annotated Sample of Diplomatic Translation and German Police Decrypt 165

Appendix 3 Attached Documents 167

Bibliography 183

Glossary of Terms, Abbreviations, and Acronyms 187

Index 191

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