The National Archives releases new files from the Security Service
The 27th records release from the Security Service MI5 contains 171 new files, bringing the total number of Security Service records at The National Archives to almost 5,000. The records cover a range of subjects that span the Second World War and post-war eras.
Many of the files are available online. You can download them for free for one month.
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Angel Alcazar de Velasco / Manuel Garcia Yllera Lago (KV2/3535- 3541) 1941-1978
Antonia Hunt ALIAS Tonia Lyon-Smith (KV2/3552) 1942 -1950
Trapped in France by the German invasion in 1940 at the age of 15, Antonia Lyon-Smith was kept as an office girl by a Gestapo office in Paris, rather than being sent to a concentration camp or shot as was most people's fate. She had been arrested by the Gestapo because of a letter she had written on behalf of the resistance movement led by Claude Spaak. During her time at the office, a German officer named Karl Gagel apparently fell in love with her. The file includes a letter from Gagel attempting to make contact with Lyon-Smith after her return to Britain and reports of their interrogations.
Cheddi and Janet Rosalie Jagan (KV2/3600 - 3638) 1947-1961
These 39 files deal with the early careers of Cheddi and Janet Jagan, founders of the People's Progressive Party (PPP) in pre-independence British Guiana, and both future presidents of the independent nation of Guyana. They came to the attention of the Security Service because of their links to the British Communist Party and their Marxist views. The files provide considerable detail of Cheddi Jagan's regular visits to London, including transcripts of telephone intercepts and copies of his correspondence.
- German Intelligence Officer Walter Pfitzinger, alias Clergyman, thought to be 'probably one of the heads of the Gestapo'. He is described as a 'dangerous man' and a 'fanatical Nazi'
- German Consulate member Werner Plack, based in Los Angeles before the war, whose propagandist activities led to suspicions that he was an intelligence agent. He also worked as a motion picture extra and allegedly reported to the German Consul about important film personalities
- Abwehr officer Aloys Schreiber, who abducted the MI5 double-agent Jebsen and delivered him to German territory following suspicions that he was going to defect
- Details of British and other renegades who worked for the German cause during the war, including members of the British Free Corps, civilians who aided the Germans in occupied Europe and prisoners of war who became 'stool pigeons'