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An amazing story 9f courage and perseverance
Reviewed in the United States on September 12, 2019
Fritz Kolbe could not tolerate the Nazis, their ideology and their actions. For several years he sought ways to free the German people from the madness of Hitler's regime in his position as a low level emp.oyee of the German Foreign ministry. His story is one of unshakeable personal sacrifice as he bravely carrie's Nazi secrets to the head if American intelligence in Bern Switzerland, one Allan Dulles, who ultimately became director of the CIA.
The author makes a significant historical contribution as he lays out his well-documented story of s man who not only did not become subservient to the stifling Hitler regime but often and frequently risked his life to smuggle vital information to the Allied effort to defeat Mazi Germany.
Throughout Kolbe`s career his work is often not believed or is trivialized, yet with the stalwart support of Allan Dulles, he continues his self-imposed mission to rid his country of Hitler's destructive reign. It is remarkable to note that he wanted no compensation for his painstaking efforts to funnel the most information possible to the Allies. He sacrifices his family life to his calling, never getting to know his son Peter whom he left in South Africa with friends.
Kolbe early on had an ability to get along with and form friendships with multiple people who knowingly or unknowingly helped him with his crucial wartime work. After the war Kolbe faces rejection and indifference yet diggedly keeps trying to help post-war Germany rid itself of the Nazi poison.
The author has done an outstanding job of presenting this deeply researched yet highly readable work. At times in the book when he lacks necessary factual detail, he doesn't fudge , it but admits a detail is missing in the narrative. Perhaps ironically, Fritz' s "estranged" son provided the author with a wealth of documents, letters, etc to help tell his fathers story.. The historical accuracy of this well told story is backed up by a monumental amount of very readable footnotes at book's end.
This reviewer cannot praise highly enough this "labor of love that should bring more attention to an "ordinary man " who took on and weakened a monster machine,