As the Second World War loomed Thomas Kendrick, ostensibly a passport officer in Vienna, was running British spy networks across Europe and using his position to help Austrian Jews flee to freedom. Historian and biographer Helen Fry will explore his life in conversation with the University of Chichester’s Andrew Smith.
Dr Helen Fry’s recently published book Spymaster, The Man who Saved MI6 tells the story of the remarkable British intelligence officer Thomas Kendrick who was central to the British secret service from its beginnings in 1909 to the end of the Second World War. Under the guise of a British passport officer, he ran spy networks across Europe and facilitated the escape of 10,000 Austrian Jews before going on to set up the ‘M Room’, a listening operation which (like the more famous Bletchley Park) elicited information that was vital to the Allied war effort.
In conversation with Dr Andrew Smith. Reader in History and Politics at the University of Chichester, Helen Fry will explore the life of this largely unknown man and the full impact of his work.
The evening, which is part of the outreach of Chichester Marks Holocaust Memorial Day, will also turn a spotlight on his part in the escape of thousands of Austrian Jews that has led many to call Kendrick the ‘British Schindler’.
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