Hess, ‘Hess’ and the ‘peace Party’ (Book review)

Hess: A Tale of Two Murders Hugh Thomas Hodder and Stoughton, London 1988 This is an update of Thomas’ 1979, The Murder of Rudolf Hess. Thomas argues (a) that the ‘Hess’ in Spandau prison wasn’t Hess at all but a double; and (b) that both the real and false Hess were murdered. The first proposition […]

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Hess – the Fuhrer’s Disciple

by Peter Padfield Papermac, London, 1993, £12.99 There are now several versions of the Hess affair. One is the official story – a politician whose star is one the wane, attempts a spectacular comeback, fails, is locked up for forty years and finally commits suicide in despair. Another is the double theory, first outlined […]

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RAF colluded in Hess flight

[…] called off their attack. Both pilots remained convinced for the rest of their lives that they were pulled off this certain ‘kill’ to allow Hitler’s deputy, Rudolf Hess, to land unharmed in Scotland on his famous but still unexplained peace flight to Britain, six weeks before the Germans invaded Russia. Yet outside the pilots’ […]

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Historical Notes: MI5 and the Wilson Plot. USA and Chile. Hess

[…] in world affairs either to ignore or to minimise the scale of the Nixon administration’s intervention in Chile – and its responsibility for what came after. (7) Hess: another piece of the jigsaw An interesting document concerning the Hess affair surfaced last year in the Public Records Office, London. It is a statement by […]

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Hess, ‘Hess’, Timewatch et al

[…] Timewatch, 17/1/90. ‘The main thrust of Timewatch’s programme that I was unaware of new evidence from Munich Archives which was the hospital record of the real Rudolf Hess. The evidence had been in Timewatch’s possession for a long time, as the first interview with Dr Lappenkrupper — the researcher suggested long ago by Christopher […]

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The economic background to appeasement and the search for Anglo-German detente before and during World War 2

[…] remove Anthony Eden (a supporter of Churchill and Halifax’s replacement at the Foregn Office) to another Cabinet post, and replace him with Butler.(84) On May 10th Rudolf Hess landed in Scotland. Right up to that time there were powerful and well placed individuals who were in touch with the Germans in the service of […]

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Historical Notes (De Courcy, Pilcher and Hess; The 1949 sterling crisis)

De Courcy, Pilcher and Hess Recently released material in the Public Record Office throws more light on the career of Kenneth de Courcy, and perhaps indirectly, on the Hess affair. The file in question, an MI5 document, PROKV4/58, shows that de Courcy first came to the attention of the Security Service in 1934 (without […]

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Plotting for Peace and War

[…] Germans throughout the period from June 1940 to early 1941. As a result Hitler, who had long argued in favour of an Anglo-German entente, and his deputy Hess came to the conclusion that there was a sizeable group inside Britain which was prepared to overthrow the Prime Minister and make peace with Germany. Hess, […]

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Feedback

From: M. R. D. Foot Scott Newton’s footnote at the end of his piece on Hess, in your number tries to keep alive Dr Hugh Thomas’s tale that the pilot who reached Scotland could not have been Hess, because he bore no trace of the gunshot wound the real Hess had received in Roumania […]

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Historical Notes

[…] figure. The site can be found at < http:// www.pharo.com/intelligence >, and is run by the team which produced Double Standards, last year’s interesting study of the Hess affair. Some of the material will be familiar to Lobster readers from articles by myself and John Burnes in recent editions and there is no need […]

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