SPIES: Agents Without Honor

There were two hangings at Pentonville Prison last week, but the Pentonville bell did not toll, the chief warden did not hoist a black flag to the prison masthead. Just curt sheriff's and coroner's notes pinned on the prison door told of the death by hanging of Jose Waldberg, 25, and Karl Heinrich Meier, 24. Their only distinction: being the first enemy spies to be executed in Great Britain during the war.

They both had good English accents. They carried papers to prove that they were Dutch refugees from the Nazis, but they...

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