A spy in the family
By Judy Evans
November 16, 2017 6:30am CST
@JamesHxstatic wrote recently about his former professor who had been a spy during the Vietnam war. You can catch up here: http://www.mylot.com/post/3126861/i-know-a-real-former-spy-he-was-my-literature-prof-at-the-u-of We found out only recently that one of Vince’s uncles (by marriage) had been a spy during World War II. The uncle (we’ll call him Michael) had been born in Egypt to Greek parents. They migrated to Australia in 1920 and in the 1930s Michael enlisted and was posted to the Middle East. Because of his knowledge of the language and culture, he played a vital role in Crete as a liaison between the remaining Allied forces and the local resistance. When the Germans overran the island, he was forced to stay behind due to the large number of evacuees. He became an operative for the British intelligence and had a price put on his head by the Germans. Eventually he and several other Australians were evacuated by submarine, escaping to Alexandria. The photo is of the Amiens Cathedral in France. Much of this building was protected by sandbags during the war and there is still a pump in the top of the building which was placed there in case of fire.
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@YrNemo The one I met was telling that he had trained spies for the equivalent of the CIA in France. I do not know if it was true, as I met him in a bar. But, thinking at it, it was plausible, and I started to look differently at my colleagues doing excavations in foreign countries.
@JudyEv We also had resistance fighters in Italy, they were a thorn in the side of Germans but also of most Italian population, even if now they are depicted as hero. They stay hidden up in the mountains. They came down for commando missions, to kill a few Germans and then they came back to the mountains. The Germans killed 10 civilians for every German soldier killed. Those poor civilians were normal people and innocent. Most Italians do not like our "Partigiani", because they had family members killed thanks to those "coward fighters".
A beautiful church there! Don't know how they built it all those years ago, perhaps from lots of adoration and faith! Re: spies, they are/were a special breed. Glad to have no spy in my circle or family. It sounds sad to be removed once their IDs were found out (from movies I watched or books I read!).
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@JudyEv there was a history book about Partisans in a local library I used to read as a kid in former Yugoslavia. I couldn't find that book again ever. And my mother also told me a bit. That looks enormous in the picture. And very beautiful.