Security Service release: German intelligence officers
Walter PFITZINGER alias CLERGYMAN
- Catalogue ref: KV2/3571
- Date: 08/02/1941 - 03/08/1950
From a Mennonite (radical Christian Protestant) religious background, Pfitzinger refused military service in France on pacifist grounds and was threatened with imprisonment. He fled to Germany, joined Abteilung IV of the Gestapo in Brussels and was decorated twice. Meanwhile his Belgian-born wife and family were living as refugees in England. His wife claimed that Pfitzinger had disappeared one day and when she enquired after him at the German Embassy she suspected they had lied about his whereabouts. Pfitzinger later contacted her stating his disappearance was due to his imprisonment in a concentration camp. In his letter he requested a divorce as he had 'met another woman'. When a photo of Pfitzinger was shown to informants, the majority recognised and were able to name him. An interrogation report in the file notes he was 'probably one of the heads of the Gestapo or one of the agents responsible for making arrests'. He is described as a 'dangerous man' and a 'fanatical Nazi'. He was reported to have a deformed finger on one hand. After the war he fled to Switzerland and was condemned to death in his absence by a Belgian court, but there is no evidence that this was carried out.
File KV2/3571 is available to view on Discovery.