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Welcome to the official site of historian Dr Helen Fry.
Helen has written and edited over 25 books. Her works cover the social history of the Second World War: including British Intelligence and the secret war; spies and espionage; and MI9 escape and evasion.
She is the leading expert on the 'secret listeners' at special eavesdropping sites by British intelligence in WWII. She has been at the forefront of widespread media coverage and in-depth research of the greatest intelligence deception of the war: the bugging of Hitler’s generals at Trent Park in North London, and thousands of prisoners of war at Latimer House and Wilton Park in Buckinghamshire.
Helen is recognised as the official biographer of MI6 spymaster, Colonel Thomas Joseph Kendrick.
She has also written extensively about the 10,000 Germans who fought for Britain in WWII.
Because of her expertise, she has been involved in a number of documentaries – including David Jason’s Secret Service (Channel 5), Spying on Hitler's Army (Channel 4) and Secrets of the Spies (Britbox). She has conducted advisory work for TV and drama; something which she particularly enjoys, and has covered the major D-Day commemorations in live BBC broadcasts in Normandy. She appears regularly in media interviews and podcasts.
Helen is an ambassador for the National Centre for Military Intelligence (NCMI), a trustee of the Friends of the Intelligence Corps Museum and a trustee of the Medmenham Collection. She works in London.
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The elusive British spy who fooled Hitler
and the Nazis...
Thomas Joseph Kendrick was one of the British Secret Service’s most senior spymasters of the 20th century. From tracking Communist agents across Europe in the 1920s to Nazi spies in the 1930s, he was placed as MI6 head of station in Vienna. There he crossed paths with the British spy and (later) traitor Kim Philby and Communist Edith Tudor-Hart, figures that would go on to rock the MI6 for decades. Kendrick entered the dangerous world of double agents and foreign spies...
Dubbed ‘the elusive Englishman' by Hitler’s Secret Service, his real identity baffled the Abwehr, until he was finally denounced by a double agent.
Kendrick's arrest by the Gestapo and ‘Soviet-style’ interrogation caused panic in Whitehall as the whole the European network of British spies was at risk. The spymaster refused to give up the SIS network...
Behind all this, he had quietly saved over 10,000 Austrian Jews from certain death in the Holocaust - a legacy that has yet to be recognised.
He soon disappeared from the public eye, but went on to orchestrate the longest spying operation against Nazi Germany but from within Britain's shores.