Total Espionage: Germany's Information and Disinformation Apparatus 1932-40

Total Espionage: Germany's Information and Disinformation Apparatus 1932-40

by Curt Riess


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Total Espionage: Germany's Information and Disinformation Apparatus 1932-40 by Curt Riess

Total Espionage was first published shortly before Pearl Harbor and is fresh in its style, retaining immediacy unpolluted by the knowledge of subsequent events. It tells how the whole apparatus of the Nazi state was geared towards war by its systematic gathering of information and dissemination of disinformation. The author, a Berlin journalist, went into exile in 1933 and eventually settled in Manhattan in where he wrote for the ‘Saturday Evening Post’. He maintained a network of contacts throughout Europe and from inside the regime to garner his facts. The Nazis made use of many people and organizations: officers’ associations who were in touch with many who left to help organize the armies of South American countries, and in the USA there were the Friends of the New Germany. German consulates sprang up and aircraft would make unusual detours to observe interesting parts of foreign countries. News agencies and various associations dedicated to maintaining contacts with particular countries were encouraged to supply information. Film studios would send large crews abroad to shoot documentaries as well as perform acts of espionage. Foreign nationals were bribed or blackmailed; and pro-fascist groups in foreign countries were supported via the Auslandsorganization. All Germans living abroad were encouraged to report their observations to the authorities, particular attention was being focused on engineers, technicians, scientists and people in other professions who were particularly likely to obtain valuable information; however, other Germans abroad were also used, even cabaret singers, waiters, language teachers, as well as Germans traveling abroad as tourists. Germans living abroad were exempt from mobilization because of their value as spies. Foreigners were given opportunity to study in Germany, and connections with them were kept in the hope that they would one day provide useful information. All of this was Goebbels’ ‘Total Espionage’.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781781554517
Publisher: Fonthill Media
Publication date: 02/18/2016
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 326,554
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Curt Riess was born of Jewish-German origin in Wurzburg, Germany in 1902. As a young man, Riess studied in Paris, Munich, and Heidelberg, and spent time working as a merchant in both New York and Berlin. On a business trip to the USA he discovered his talent for journalism and decided to pursue a career in the industry. Riess’ first journalistic position was for a liberal 12 o’clock worksheet in Berlin, for which he also edited the sports section and throughout the 1920s he toured Europe as a reporter and film and theatre critic. In 1933, Riess was forced into exile and finally settled in Manhattan where he wrote for the Saturday Evening Post. Throughout the Second World War, he was heavily engaged in anti-Nazi activity, serving as a spy, and then, once the USA had joined the Allies, as a specialist in the United States Navy. His final military job was as a war correspondent for the Army, and as such he became well known for his exposure of the moral depravity of Adolf Hitler’s regime.

Table of Contents

Foreword: It Isn't Done with Mirrors 7

Introduction to the 2016 Edition 11

A Biographical Summary of the Life of Curt Riess 17

Part I The Revolution of Espionage 19

Colonel Nicolai takes a trip 19

A meeting 23

Architect Himmler 27

The end of the Romantic Era 30

B4 can't convince Baldwin 37

Part II Maginot Line of Espionage 43

The dangerous age of the Deuxieme Bureau 43

What price USA? 52

Splendid isolation of the IS 60

Chismes and Chistes 64

Lord Runciman goes to Prague 70

The case of the German tanks 73

Part III Peace in Our Time 83

Hess, the organizer 83

The dual foreign politics 91

Herr Bohle covers the globe 104

The special envoys of Dr Goebbels 112

Schools for spies 120

Mobilization in our time 126

Intermezzo: Clouds of spies 135

Part IV The Debacle 139

The friends of Monsieur Bonnet 139

Paris: Spy centre 146

B4 has an idea 155

Curtain for France 160

Part V Tomorrow-the World 171

Hjalmar Schacht does his bit 171

Espionage in the Lebensraum 178

Eugen Ott goes to Japan 185

Spy Axis 192

Casa Chica 197

No secrets in South America 203

Part VI The Counterrevolution of Espionage 211

Awakening 211

B4 acquires allies 217

Twilight 221

Story of a strange flight 231

FBI 235

The Unknown soldiers of espionage 244

Chronology 253

Endnotes 259

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