The London Cage: The Secret History of Britain's World War II Interrogation Centre

The London Cage: The Secret History of Britain's World War II Interrogation Centre

by Helen Fry


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The first complete account of the fiercely guarded secrets of London’s clandestine interrogation center, operated by the British Secret Service from 1940 to 1948

Behind the locked doors of three mansions in London’s exclusive Kensington Palace Gardens neighborhood, the British Secret Service established a highly secret prison in 1940: the London Cage. Here recalcitrant German prisoners of war were subjected to “special intelligence treatment.” The stakes were high: the war’s outcome could hinge on obtaining information German prisoners were determined to withhold. After the war, high-ranking Nazi war criminals were housed in the Cage, revamped as an important center for investigating German war crimes.
This riveting book reveals the full details of operations at the London Cage and subsequent efforts to hide them. Helen Fry’s extraordinary original research uncovers the grim picture of prisoners’ daily lives and of systemic Soviet-style mistreatment. The author also provides sensational evidence to counter official denials concerning the use of “truth drugs” and “enhanced interrogation” techniques. Bringing dark secrets to light, this groundbreaking book at last provides an objective and complete history of the London Cage.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300221930
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 10/10/2017
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 481,990
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Historian and biographer Helen Fry is the author of more than twenty books focusing mainly on intelligence, prisoners of war, and the social history of World War II. She lives in London.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements viii

Introduction: Impounding the evidence 1

1 Genesis of the cage 9

2 A very 'German' Englishman 23

3 Cage characters: The interrogators 36

4 Cage characters: The 'guests' 49

5 Downstairs: Interrogation methods 63

6 Prison quarters 76

7 Caged lies: The truth drugs 86

8 The German 'Great Escape' 101

9 German-Jewish émigrés 113

10 A matter of justice 126

11 Knöchlein: The butcher of Le Paradis 142

12 The Sagan case 156

13 Norway and war crimes 173

14 Befriending the field marshal 182

15 Death in the cage 193

16 Torture: Myth or reality? 207

Epilogue: The legacy 218

Appendix: Staff at the London Cage 222

Notes 223

Bibliography 236

Illustration credits 238

Index 239

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