via The Occidental Observer
tearfully recalls how he was brought to Britain, aged six, from Prague,
as a Kindertransport Jewish refugee. His former parliamentary
colleague, wealthy publisher Lord George Weidenfeld
too, was fond of recalling how he found sanctuary in Britain after
fleeing Austria just before the war. He said it was the main factor in
his decision to help pay for the transport of thousands of Syrian
refugees into the west.
The Kindertransport has been exposed as a confection of distortions, myths and omissions
previously in TOO, but there is another little awkward fact about the
Jewish refugees taken in by Britain before the war. And that is the
remarkably high proportion of them who chose to actively betray the
country which gave them sanctuary by acting as spies for Britain’s
deadly enemy, the Soviet Union.
They not only ensured that many British agents were sent to their deaths or capture, torture and long periods of imprisonment,
but played a crucial part in stealing the atomic bomb secrets that
allowed the Soviet Union to catch up and have its own atomic bomb by
1949. Their treachery compromised the security of Britain and the West
and probably extended the length of the Cold War and the enslavement of
the subject peoples of Eastern Europe.
What is more astonishing is that in many cases the British
authorities took no action against them to avoid official embarrassment.
As a result some of Britain’s foulest traitors were left free to enjoy
their retirements in comfort and security.
It is well-known that
Jews were prominently involved in the left throughout the twentieth
century, including communism, that leftist politics was mainstream
within Jewish communities during much of that period, and that leftist
Jews typically continued to have a strong Jewish identity. Information
on Jewish involvement in communist spying increased greatly in the last
20+ years because in 1995 the USA began to open up its Venona Soviet
code decryption archive. Another eye-opening tranche of incriminating
material came via the publication of the Mitrokhin Archive
spirited to the West by a KGB archivist defector in 1992. Finally, in a
spirit of damage control, in 2001, the British intelligence services
began to open up some of their older files for inspection in the
National Archive. This led to the launch of something of a cottage
industry for authors who found an eager audience for true-life stories
about wartime espionage and derring-do.
Despite the seriousness of their crimes the media has chosen to
portray these traitors as colourful romantics and their actions as the
understandable acts of misguided conscience. This murderous stab in the
back by many Jewish refugees towards the people who took them in, has
gone completely unremarked.
Up until recently this subject has been overshadowed by the Cambridge non-Jewish spies of Kim Philby, Guy Burgess and Donald MacLean
who all defected to Moscow. They lived upper-class, raffish lifestyles
and their bohemian milieu lent the story a kind of perverted glamour.
But they were not even the most important spies in an enormous
communist network which reached into many institutions — a network of
Russian and German exiles who seem to have been overwhelmingly Jewish.
One of MI5’s most embarrassing lapses concerned its failure to catch Edith Tudor-Hart.
She was born Edith Suschitzky in Vienna and on her first visit to
Britain was deported from Britain for suspicious communist activities
but she returned in 1933 as a political refugee after marrying an
English doctor. From the moment she arrived she was working as a Soviet
agent and set up as a professional photographer in an apartment opposite
Abbey Road recording studio in north London.
She was really working for another Jewish refugee — and Soviet spy controller — Arnold Deutsch,
and she couriered for the Soviet Union’s most successful spy in
Britain, the senior MI5 officer Kim Philby. As early as May, 1934 the
three were meeting on park benches in Regents Park. By the time of the
Cambridge ring defections in 1952 she was strongly under suspicion but under interrogation denied everything.
Soon after she was admitted to psychiatric hospital after suffering a
nervous breakdown which MI5 interrogators took as an indication of
An old MI5 file, released for view last year, said “From such
evidence as is on record (letters, observations etc.) she would appear
to be a rather typical, emotional, introspective and somewhat
intellectual Viennese Jewess …. (L)ike so many leftwing intellectuals of
her generation, she displayed an unhealthy interest in psychology and
No further action was taken against her despite the strong suspicions
including her photographic equipment being found in possession of
another group of Jewish communist spies. She ended her days running an antique shop in Brighton. A major exhibition of her photography took place at the Scottish National Gallery in 2013 and a sympathetic Guardian article
said her files not only confirmed MI5’s suspicions “they also betray a
degree of anti-semitism and xenophobia within the agency.” (!) A Telegraph article described her as “the spy with a conscience.”
The most important Jewish spy was Melita Norwood
who was born in England as Melita Stedman to Latvian immigrant parents
who were committed bolshevik revolutionaries and spies themselves. She
joined the Party in the thirties and got a secretarial job at the
offices of the innocuous-sounding British Non-Ferrous Metals
Association. This was to be her gateway into the heart of the atomic
bomb research establishment because she became secretary to Dr G. L.
Bailey, the head of Britain’s atom bomb project throughout the war, with
access to both his home and office safe. For decades she passed
documents and secrets to both the KGB and the Red Army’s GRU. She was
identified as a security risk in 1965 but no action was taken and she
retired to leafy suburbia. Her spying was confirmed by the Mitrokhin
archive in 1992 but she was never prosecuted. More recent files show she
was more highly valued than the Cambridge spies
and was secretly awarded the Order of the Red Banner by the KGB. She
never hid her left-wing sympathies and when she leafleted her
neighbourhood she was tolerated as just another harmless English
eccentric. Throughout her spying days she was helped by her husband
Hilary Nussbaum, who was also a committed communist and who took her
Because of her treachery the Soviets were able to create a copy of
the British atom bomb within a year, and to catch up with the underlying
technology within two years. She ended her days comfortably in a
sheltered housing complex in south London while the Mail ran a breezy article about the “jam-making granny” spy who tended a garden allotment. Like all the unmasked Jewish spies she expressed no regrets for spying for Stalin.
Another important Jewish refugee spy who inexplicably escaped prosecution was Ursula Kuczynski, also known as Ruth Werner
though she had at least three other names. Born in Berlin to a wealthy
Jewish family she enjoyed an expensive schooling and rich lifestyle but
rejected it all to become a communist revolutionary and spy. After
working for the Soviets in China and Switzerland throughout the war, she
and her second husband Leonard Breurton came to live in Oxfordshire
where she worked as a courier for the Atom bomb secrets of yet another
Jewish refugee spy, the traitor scientist Klaus Fuchs who was caught by
the Venona interceptions and jailed in 1950 for passing atomic secrets.
The file on Fuchs,
who had joined the Communist Party in his youth in Berlin, suggests he
was helped in his endeavours by a host of Jewish women including his
sister, his mistress and many others. Kuczynski also received eager
help from her sister and brother who were also communists.
Some Jewish communist women were married to non-Jewish traitors and
acted as “handlers” for the various Soviet intelligence agencies. A
good example was Kim Philby’s wife Litzi Friedmann
who was born Alice Kohlmann in Vienna. She initially fled to Britain as
a refugee in 1933 and in fact married Philby to get a British passport.
Philby rose to become head of the anti-Soviet section of the Secret
Intelligence Service as MI5 is formally known and until recently was
thought to be the KGB’s most successful agent. Because of him, probably
hundreds of agents who were sent into the Ukraine and Albania, were
caught and executed. After a long career of helping Philby and betraying
the country that gave her sanctuary and after Philby’s defection,
Friedmann was allowed to return to East Germany.
There were many other Jewish women communist spies. In 1939 one of
the Cambridge spies, Donald MacLean, was working at the British embassy
in Paris where the Soviet spy overseeing him was Kitty Harris,
a Jewess from the East End of London, with whom he was having an
affair. Her real NKVD courier role was not revealed until 2001 via the
Venona files. (She eventually married Earl Browder, chairman of the CPUSA, the American Communist Party). She fled to the Soviet Union and died of alcoholism in Gorky in 1966.
Then there was Hildegard Pauline Ruth Gerwig,
of German Jewish extraction, who married two non-Jewish scientist
traitors in turn and is thought to have “run” both for the Soviets.
First was Engelbert Broda, and the second was Alan Nunn May who worked deep within the British atomic bomb project. Long suspected, Broda was only named as a spy in 2009.
The wartime BBC may have been a hive of communist fellow travellers
but the groupthink leftism was not shared by every employee, and one in
particular was patriotic and independent-minded enough to take his
suspicions further. Eric Blair, who wrote under the pen name George
Orwell, may have been a socialist but he detested Stalinism. Orwell
listed those he thought too untrustworthy to be allowed to work in
propaganda and sent it to his bosses; they included those who “in my
opinion are crypto-communists, fellow-travellers or inclined that way
and should not be trusted as propagandists”.
When, in 2004, George Orwell’s list
of unreliables and potential traitors was revealed it was met with
outrage in left-wing circles. The list is not perfect. But as time has
passed more and more of Orwell’s judgements have proved to be spot on.
One of those he suspected was a Jewish political asylum seeker who
became one of the most important spies in Britain. Peter Smollet was the
name of a Daily Express correspondent who was born Hans Peter Smolka
to a wealthy Jewish family in Vienna. He was already an NKVD agent when
he hurriedly left Austria for Britain in the early thirties to escape a
crackdown on communists. He arrived in Britain ostensibly working as a
journalist, but MI5 already had a file on him because he was expelled
from France for photographing a French armaments factory.
Nevertheless, well-connected, he soon landed plum jobs with the Daily Express, The Times
and eventually BBC as roving European correspondent while at the same
time being an agent for the Comintern (Communist International).
He covered the German entry into Prague at the behest of his boss at
the BBC, Soviet mole Guy Burgess, and was also reporting to the other
Soviet master spy Kim Philby. In 1961 Smollett was interrogated but was
released through lack of evidence. He eventually fled, not to the
Eastern bloc, but to the family landed estate in Austria and died,
wealthy and comfortable, in 1980. He was finally confirmed as a Soviet
agent by the Mitrokhin archive in 2003. Smollett, incidentally, got his
revenge on George Orwell by persuading several publishers not to publish
his allegorical novel Animal Farm, a seminal work of anti-totalitarianism.
In its coverage the BBC prefers to portray these wartime spy investigations
as hysterical “Red Scares.” But in 1953 there was concern about the
Jewish emigre head of the BBC’s Russian service who seemed to be bending
over backwards to portray the Soviet Union in a positive light. He is
said to have made the BBC Russian service as left-wing as the New Statesman and Nation. The name of this man Anatol Goldberg
was on a list of suspected fellow-travellers — or worse — submitted by
a worried Conservative MP. Goldberg was initially defended but later
discreetly shunted sideways and removed from this post, although he
stayed as a commentator. In retirement Goldberg wrote an admiring
biography of Stalin’s notorious genocidal propagandist Ilya Ehrenburg
which was so one-sided even the New York Times
found it hard to take. So what was the truth about Anatol Goldberg? The
answer presumably lies in the archives of the KGB or MI5.
And what of Lord Victor Rothschild who, like his friend Kim Philby, was a wartime MI5 officer. He owned an apartment at 5 Bentinck Street
in Marylebone. At various times this raucous establishment hosted
soirees that included at least three of the Cambridge spies as well as
the notorious Zionist traitor John Strachey who became a Labour MP.
No conclusive proof of betrayal by Nathaniel Mayer Victor Rothschild
has ever emerged, but rumours continue to swirl around his name. He
denied any wrongdoing to the end of his life, but an Australian author
and espionage expert Roland Perry was not convinced and accused him of
being a spy in a book called The Fifth Man. Perhaps more time will tell.
Incidentally, what was the wealthy publisher, Viennese-born Lord Weidenfeld,
doing among that nest of traitors in Bentinck Street? When he died last
month he was lauded for his work in flying thousands of “Syrian
refugees” into Poland and said it was the least he could do, having been
a wartime refugee into Britain himself. What did he have in common with
Philby, Burgess and MacLean?
It would be appropriate here to mention the well-known case of George
Blake, who was born in Egypt to a Jewish father and English mother. As
a communist schoolboy he fled from wartime Netherlands to Britain and
returned the country’s generosity by spying for the Soviets. He was
caught, sentenced to 42 years in prison, but then escaped and was
spirited behind the Iron Curtain by British peace campaigners. He is
still alive at 93 and the unusual circumstances of his escape created a
mini book and film industry which invariably treats him and his co-conspirators with great affection.
How sad so few of these authors and film makers sought to spare a thought for Blake’s victims.
Britain’s failure to prosecute wartime spies has become impossible to
hide in recent years thanks to the opening of these archives. But there
seems to be a silent consensus that there is one aspect of these
failures which should not be probed too hard, and that is the ethnic
dimension. As glaringly obvious as the predominant Jewishness of these
spies, it is totally off limits as regards scrutiny or even comment.
This is a very brief survey but there are many other cases in the
archives and many more questions than answers. What is in the
unpublished files on notorious Stalinist apologist Eric Hobsbawm
who was honoured by Tony Blair but kept under close wartime
surveillance by MI5? Was the friendship between this fanatical wartime
communist historian and Cambridge spy Guy Burgess entirely innocent?
And what of another Cambridge friend of the gregarious Guy Burgess
and an open supporter of the Soviet Union, the Marxist physicist don J. D. Bernal? Today university buildings
are named after Bernal, a pioneer of crystallography, but in 1931 he
organised two trips to Moscow where Cambridge scientists were politely
grilled by their Soviet counterparts, much to the alarm of many.
Mysteriously, Bernal’s post-war scientific reputation has survived his
espousal of the bogus Stalinist science of “Lysenkoism.” It also
survived his receipt of the Stalin Peace Prize and his membership in the
notorious communist-front World Peace Council. There are also worries
about Churchill’s chief scientific adviser Lord Zuckerman, some of whose files remain closed.
And MI5 built a huge file on science popularizer Jacob Bronowski who became famous through his 1970’s television series The Ascent of Man.
Bronowski, who worked in military research, was so loud and abrasive
about his Soviet sympathies that he alarmed his colleagues, and MI5 labelled him a security risk.
The BBC has since portrayed him as the victim of a monstrous injustice.
But why was he blocked from working in atomic research?
The few of the proven Jewish traitors who have sought to exculpate
themselves have explained that they were doing it for world peace, that
in passing the secrets of the Atom Bomb to the Soviets that they helped
create a fairer, more equal world. How sad that in doing so it involved
such a murderous stab in the back to the people who so generously took