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The Secret Listeners

Fritz Lustig

Fritz Lustig

Fritz Lustig was born in Berlin in 1919. He remembers clearly the day that Hitler came to power in 1933 because it changed his family's life forever. As Jews, his family were at risk. In March 1939, Fritz fled Nazi Germany on a temporary visa for England. When war broke out in September 1939, like many German refugees in Britain, he was classified as an 'enemy alien'. When Britain faced a German invasion in May 1940, Prime Minister Churchill ordered the their internment. Along with thousands of other German refugees, Fritz was arrested, taken to the Isle of Man and kept behind barbed wire for nearly four months. He was finally released in autumn 1940 to join the Pioneer Corps and, still as an enemy alien, swore an oath of loyalty to King George VI. He found himself playing the cello in the Army Orchestra, which was not his idea of fighting the Nazis. In May 1943 he was able to transfer from the Pioneer Corps to the Intelligence Corps. He worked in the M Room as a secret listener at both Latimer House and Wilton Park.

Why did you leave Germany and when?
Why did you leave Germany and when?
How to transfer into M Room
How to transfer into M Room