Famous Jews Spies

The following is an A to Z Jewish Spies Heroes Directory.
Spies of Jewish origin.
  • Sidney George REILLY (1873 – 5 November 1925): British, so-called 'Ace of Spies', worked for British Intelligence in the Soviet Union after the Revolution, was lured back into the USSR in 1925, arrested and executed. The file reveals that Reilly was a Russian-born Jew who was engaged in business activity in New York in 1915, when he came under suspicion from the Russians as being a German spy.
  • Sarah Aaronsohn ( 5 January 1890 – 9 October 1917) was a member of Nili, a ring of Jewish spies working for the British in World War I, and a sister of notable agronomist Aaron Aaronsohn. She is often referred to as the "heroine of Nili." The Jewish Spies Who Helped the British Defeat the Ottoman Empire in World War I.
  • Krystyna Skarbek, spy Maria Krystyna Janina Skarbek, OBE, GM, Croix de guerre ( 1 May 1908 – 15 June 1952), also known as Christine Granville, was a Polish agent of the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War. She became celebrated especially for her daring exploits in intelligence and irregular-warfare missions in Nazi-occupied Poland and France.
  • Vera Atkins (16 June 1908 – 24 June 2000)SOE spymistress was actually a Romanian Jew was born Vera Maria Rosenberg in Gala?i, Romania, to Max Rosenberg (d. 1932), a German-Jewish father, and his British-Jewish wife. Active with MI6 before the war started, Atkins became the deputy of Maurice Buckmaster, head of SOE’s French section. She selected and prepared agents to infiltrate France, taking particular interest in what she often called ‘My girls'.
  • Frederick "Fred" Mayer ( 28 October 1921 in Freiburg im Breisgau, Baden, Germany; 15 April 2016 in Charles Town, Jefferson County, West Virginia) was a German-born Jew who became an American spy as an OSS agent for the United States during World War II. He negotiated the surrender of the German Army in Innsbruck, Austria, in 1945 after he was captured in "Operation Greenup".
  • Ursula Kuczynski (15 May 1907, Schöneberg, Prussia, German Empire – 7 July 2000, Berlin, Germany, also known as Ruth Werner, Ursula Beurton and Ursula Hamburger) was a German Communist activist from Polish Jewish family who worked for the Soviet Union in the 1930s and 1940s as a spy, most famously as the handler of nuclear scientist Klaus Fuchs. She moved to East Germany in 1950 when Fuchs was unmasked, and published a series of books related to her spy work, including her bestselling autobiography, Sonjas Rapport.(krasnaja Sonja)
  • Marthe Cohn (born in April 13, 1920 in Metz) is a French author, nurse, former WWII spy and Holocaust survivor. She wrote about her experiences as a spy during the Holocaust in the book Behind Enemy Lines.
  • Ethel and Julius Rosenberg, who were caught spying on the Americans for the Soviet Union. They were both executed in 1953. Though there was some public debate regarding their guilt, documents released by the government in 1995 proved that Julius Rosenberg at least was definitely a Soviet spy.
  • Leopold Trepper (was born to a Jewish family on February 23, 1904, in Nowy Targ, Poland – January 19, 1982, Israel) was the organizer of the Soviet spy ring Rote Kapelle (Red Orchestra) prior to and during World War II. His book: Great Game: The Story of the Red Orchestra.
  • Members:Sarah Goldberg (1921-2003) Radio operator in Belgium. Recruited by Hermann Isbutzki.Deported to Germany and then Auschwitz concentration camp rescued 23 April 1945. Survived the war
  • The Red Orchestra (Russian: Krasnaja Kapella)(German: Die Rote Kapelle) or the Red Chapel as it was known in Germany, was the name given by the Gestapo to anti-Nazi resistance workers during World War II. These included friends of Harro Schulze-Boysen and Arvid Harnack in Berlin, as well as groups working independently of these intelligence groups, working in Paris and Brussels, that were built up on behalf of Leopold Trepper on behalf of the Soviet Main Directorate of State Security
  • MANEVICH, LEV YEFIMOVICH (Izrailovich: pseud. Eten (Etienne, 1898–1945), Soviet intelligence agent. From the mid-1920s until 1936 he carried out intelligence activities, mainly in Austria, Germany, Italy, and Spain. In 1936 he was arrested by Italian counterintelligence and sentenced to 12 years imprisonment. In 1943 he was handed over to the Nazis and imprisoned in the concentration camps of Mauthausen and Melk and Ebenze. In May 1945 he was liberated by the American army but died later that year. In 1965 he was posthumously awarded the honor of Hero of the Soviet Union.
  • Eliyahu Ben-Shaul Cohen (26 December 1924 – 18 May 1965), commonly known as Eli Cohen, was an Israeli spy. He is best known for his espionage work in 1961–1965 in Syria.

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