Famous names in latest Security Service release
New releases from the Security Service, available now to download, feature fascinating files on Hitler's deputy, Martin Bormann, actor and director Sam Wanamaker, and other high-profile figures from the Second World War and post-war period.
The latest release includes reports alleging Martin Bormann had survived the Second World War, as well as an interview with a man who claimed to have been his pilot.
The release, which sees the transfer of a further 140 files to The National Archives, brings the total number of Security Service records in the public domain to more than 4,000.
The American actor and director Sam Wanamaker was a suspected communist, and so the Security Service became interested in him in 1951 when it picked up reports that he was expected to arrive in the UK. The file includes correspondence with the US embassy and various reports of Wanamaker's work and activities.
Also included in the release are files on Dorothy Galton, the Security Service's 'official link' at the School of Slavonic and East European Studies (SSEES); left-wing American journalist Anna Strong, who was rumoured to have been 'a teacher of English to Trotsky'; and leading scientist Solly Zuckerman.
Files on these five individuals are available to download for free for one month (until 30 September 2009). Follow the links below: