America’s Man in Berlin: The German Diplomat Who Spied For The Allies

Fritz Kolbe stood transfixed with sheer terror.

It was October 4, 1944, and he was standing in the mailroom of the Nazi Foreign Ministry in Berlin, watching a young clerk rifle through his packages. Parcels bound via diplomatic pouch for the German legation in Bern, Switzerland had never been searched before, but this clerk was new. He was zealous and suspicious and inspected all the contents of Kolbe’s pouch: shirts, trousers, socks — and the coat.