Middle East: You Were Expecting Maybe James Bond?


Like many sensitive young Germans, Graduate Student Frowald Hüttenmeister felt a sense of guilt for Nazi atrocities against the Jews. Studying Hebrew, history and archaeology, he made field trips to the Middle East and came to identify himself with the Jews because, as he later put it, "I was so well received in Israel as a German." Along the way, he became deeply entangled in Israeli-Egyptian espionage, one of the less publicized but most bizarre branches of the spy business.

Recruited by an Israeli agent, Hüttenmeister became convinced that he could somehow make amends for Auschwitz and Buchenwald by...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!