Security Service release: Subjects of Security Service enquiries
Carl Nathan Foreman (KV 2/3262) 1952 - 1957
Carl Nathan Foreman was an American film director and writer who left the USA in 1952 because of his left-wing views to work in Britain. There he maintained contact with others who had similar views but appeared to take no active part in politics.
Brendan Francis Behan (KV 2/3181) 1941 - 1958
The Irish playwright first came to the Security Service's attention when he attempted to enter the UK in 1939 with a forged travel permit. He was returned to Ireland in 1941 after a period of detention under the Explosive Substances Act. In 1942 he was sentenced in Dublin to 14 years' imprisonment for the attempted murder of two detectives.
Rudolph Gottfried Rosel (KV 2/3188) 1933 - 1936
A German journalist in London in the 1930s, Rosel was chief of the Anglo-German Information Service and was a leading Nazi propagandist in Britain. Rosel was also suspected of being a Gestapo informant and was expelled in the summer of 1939. It was later reported that he had admitted that his express purpose in Britain had been to organise a reliable 'Fifth Column' or group of people who would secretly undermine Britain from within.
Sidney Stanley (KV 2/3176) 1947 - 1949
Sidney Stanley, with the aliases Sidney Chaim, Sidney Rechtand, Shlomo ben Chaim, Solomon Wulkan, claimed acquaintance with a number of senior political figures. He also claimed to have acted as intermediary between them and Samuel Landman for the latter's Zionist activities. Stanley acted as a principal witness at the Lynskey Tribunal - an inquiry into allegations of corruption among British government ministers and civil servants. He was ordered to be deported to Poland in 1949 but disappeared and went to Israel.
Theatre Workshop (KV 2/3178) 1951 - 1955
Theatre Workshop, alias Pioneer Theatres Ltd, Theatre Workshop Stratford. This theatre company, some of whose leading lights were Joan Littlewood, Ewan McColl and Karl Woods, came to notice in the early 1950s because of the Communist associations of many of its members, and in 1953 it was described as Communist-controlled. The file includes many reviews and other press cuttings.
William Burges (KV 2/3164) 1934 - 1942
William Burges, alias George Vincent, an employee of Woolwich Arsenal and ex-army officer with an honourable First World War Service Record fell on hard times and offered ICI (the British Chemicals company) classified information acquired from his own access to papers. The file describes the operation which led to Burges' identification, arrest and conviction under the Official Secrets Act. This operation included the intriguing use of an advertisement in the Daily Mail Personal Column used to encourage Burges/Vincent to contact ICI.
Hyman Levy (KV 2/3211) 1933 - 1952
British in origin, Professor Levy Hyman, alias Cecil Levy, was a founder member of the Association of Scientific Workers in 1917/18 and an associate of leading members of the Communist Party of Britain from at least 1933. Hyman Levy was a convinced Marxist and joined the party in 1939. From 1951 he was Chairman of its Education Committee but by 1956 he had become disillusioned with aspects of Soviet policy towards Jews as well as with the British party's leadership and in 1958 was expelled from the party following his publication of his book 'Jews and the National Question'.
Cyril Joshua Ross (KV2 2/3171) 1940 - 1954
British in origin and a leading figure in the fur trade, Cyril Joshua Ross was Treasurer of the Committee for a Jewish Army in 1942 and in 1947 came to notice in connection with the Irgun Zvai Leumi. In 1950 he was reported to be the head of an agent network in the UK. He was said to have handed his agents over to Israeli Intelligence.