Organisation File

Organisation File

(KV 5/3)

Anglo-German Fellowship

(KV 5/3)

The one organisation file released on this occasion is that relating to Security Service investigations into the Anglo-German Fellowship, an association primarily representing business interests that was established in 1935 to promote friendly relations between Britain and Germany.

The file, which is reconstituted, shows that the Fellowship's activities were largely non-political, and the organisation folded following the outbreak of War in 1939. However, the Fellowship was used by some as cover for covert activities. Both the Cambridge spies Philby and Burgess, on instruction from Moscow, joined the group to cover the tracks of their Communist connections, while Hitler sent Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, to Britain to lead the Fellowship, while he conducted negotiations with Edward VIII to try to engineer an Anglo-German pact. Philby was, for a while, editor of the Fellowship's newsletter.

The file covers the period 1935-41, and has been heavily weeded. It reveals that the Fellowship was formed after National Socialist members of the earlier Anglo-German Club resigned en masse in protest at Jewish club members, and includes lists of members and prospective members, many from prominent business organisations. There are no particular conclusions drawn on the file.