Jungk had always known that his Austrian-born great aunt, Edith Tudor-Hart, was a talented, professional documentary photographer. But it was not until 20 years after her death in that he learned she had led a double life. As a spy for the Soviet Union for decades, Tudor-Hart likely influenced the course of history: She is thought to have introduced British intelligence officer Kim Philby to her communist handler, Andre Deutsch, who then recruited him as a double agent. Philby went on to become the most notorious member of the Cambridge Five, a ring of British spies who passed information to the Soviet Union from the s until s.
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By Patrick Sawer. I have no regrets whatsoever about the past, just the mistakes I made doing it. I would do it exactly the same way. The recording was played for the first time on Saturday, at a conference held at Cambridge University, from where Philby graduated in and where other infamous spies, such as Douglas Maclean, Guy Burgess, Anthony Blunt, and John Cairncross had studied. Ghost of master spy Kim Philby returns to Cambridge. Kim Philby: Father, husband, traitor, spy.
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Murray Sayle , a veteran foreign correspondent, died in September When Richard Sorge was hanged in Sugamo prison in Tokyo, on 7 November , I was still a student and I regret that I never had occasion to take a drink or three with that wit, charmer, womaniser, tosspot, home-wrecker, author, journalist and master Soviet agent. Through one dizzying Moscow fortnight in , Philby and I sampled the mind-expanding powers of Polish vodka, Cuban rum, Georgian wine, Armenian brandy and palate-cleansing Russian beer, with the odd mouthful of borscht to keep us going — and, as I now see, exactly the same descriptions apply to him. This enthralling new account of Sorge, by the veteran British journalist and old Asia hand Robert Whymant, confirms what I had long suspected: Sorge and Philby were psychic twins, two textbook examples of the rare species we might call Homo undercoverus — those who find the dull, unclassified lives that the rest of us lead simply not Sorge literally, and Kim Philby had some close calls, too worth living. The parallels between the two are eerie.
In the s the Soviet Union recruited almost 40 Cambridge University students as spies during a time when many British and American intellectuals were challenging the politics and economics of the West. Many disillusioned students joined the so-called Communist International, or Comintern, an organization that billed itself as a means to unite Communists of all stripes from around the world but was actually a mechanism to promote a purely Soviet brand of Communism. Though many of the Cambridge recruitees engaged extensively in espionage for years after they left Cambridge, only Harold "Kim" Philby, Donald Maclean, and Guy Burgess—the so-called "Cambridge Three"—succeeded in securing both British and American secrets at the highest levels of government. They gained access to information about U.