Alias George Wood

Fritz Kolbe (alias George Wood) espionage services,
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George Wood

When he had to leave he entrusted to me the documents not yet photographed. . . . I had only an old secretary equipped with lock and key. I usually put the papers in an envelope marked "manuscript for the Journal of Medicine" and kept them there.
At night when the sirens screamed I went down to the shelter with a brief case containing my own important papers and these documents. Sometimes, though, I had to leave them up there. Often, too, I had to stay in the shelter, busy with the wounded and sick, after the alert was over. I pictured to myself bomb damage to my office and the firemen collecting all the books and papers to save them. What would happen if I were hurt? What if some day they searched the office while I was out?
After a raid we often--he and his fiancée and I--looked out at the fires raging all around and marvelled that our building once again had not been touched. When would it be?
In March 1945 he came to the Klinik one last time. He had been assigned a trip to Switzerland . . . and he was going to stay there. All night long we photographed documents. Everything that could still be of importance to the U.S. embassy we pinned up in front of the camera.
He was tired and nervous. He left us knowing that soon Berlin would be literally wiped out . . . His fiancée wept. I was upset myself. He promised that he would have D. send a plane for us as soon as possible. . . .
The question of when the building would be hit had now been answered. Kolbe brought out a letter to mail for Jung:
. . . We are trying to keep on with our work, but what difficultyl . . . Two weeks ago a large bomb made a direct hit on the Klinik. It tumbled the four upper floors into the basement . . . There were wounded and dead. . . . All the work now has to be done on the ground floor or in the cellar. . . . On a stormy night recently a tall chimney that was still standing in the middle of the ruins fell, and huge pieces of masonry coming through the ceiling demolished all the equipment in the first-aid room. The electric power and telephone wires are all cut. . . .
Earlier, on 6 February, after transmitting the great quantity of hot material Kolbe had brought out, mostly on film, in the last days of January, Dulles cabled Washington concerning an impression he had got during a year's-end visit he had made there--that the "antagonism" of Bissell at G-2 and the "mysterious methods" of Berle resulted in Kolbe's reports' being treated as museum pieces without getting full operational value from them. Why were they still handled through X-2 channels?   Why shouldn't Joe Grew, for example, be given those on the Far East?   Why not take military action to prevent the reprovisioning of certain enemy ports by methods described in one of them? Apparently as a result of this inquiry, Washington began on 14 February to cable appropriate reports to OSS Chungking "for Wede-


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Posted: May 08, 2007 08:05 AM
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