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Frank Foley : Reward for success in the shadows

Courage and diligence of British spy who saved thousands of Jews from Nazi Germany remembered by MI6.

The courage and diligence of Frank Foley are to be celebrated at a reception with members of his family and the Holocaust Educational Trust at the MI6 headquarters in London.

Even though Mr Foley was officially a passport control officer attached to the British Embassy in Berlin in the 1920s and 1930s, the discreet bureaucrat was actually working for British Intelligence.  He was therefore able to exploit this crucial post to rescue Jews from the Nazis, issuing false papers, securing their release from internment camps and hiding fugitives in his apartment.

A note written by Mr Foley on March 29, 1933 read:
“This office is overwhelmed with applications from Jews to proceed to Palestine, to England, to anywhere in the British Empire.  Professional men of the highest standing, including some who were wounded in the German side during the war (1914-18), have consulted me with regard to emigration.”

Head of MI6, Sir Alex Younger, described Foley as a man of dignity, compassion and bravery. “While many condemned and criticised the Nazis’ discriminative laws, Frank took action.  With little regard for his personal safety he took a stance against evil.”

Mr Foley, who retired to Worcestershire, died 60 years ago.

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Frank Foley : Reward for success in the shadows


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