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The Somerton Man Case. The body of a man found on an Australian beach close to a major Atomic Testing ground, he was probably poisoned, a copy of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and an unbroken Code page found and associated to him. Set against a Cold War background in 1948, was this man a spy? We think so and this blog focuses on the evidence that was left behind and in some cases missed, the Code page, Dry Cleaning numbers, A Poem and a small, torn piece of paper bearing the words TAMAM SHUD.

Saturday, 29 April 2017

SOMERTON MAN: KLAUS FUCHS ATOM SPY AND INTERNEE, LINK TO HAY INTERNEES



KLAUS FUCHS Circa 1945

KLAUS FUCHS- INTERNEE


A little known fact, although it hasn't been a hidden one, is that Klaus Fuchs, German born nuclear physicist and atom spy, was amongst the thousands of German men arrested and interned in June 1940. Like many of his compatriots he was initially interned in the Isle of Man before being put aboard a ship bound for Canada with the eventual destination of the Sherbrooke Internment camp.

Briefly, his history involved his membership of the Nazi party before he was expelled in 1932. He joined the German Communist Party in 1933 which was the same year that he escaped from Nazi oppression and took up residence in the UK. He attended at the University of Bristol and then Edinburgh University before his arrest in 1940.

Not much is known of his time on the Isle of Man as the vast majority of records from that time were destroyed in the early 1950s which interestingly coincided with Fuchs' departure from Harwell and subsequent arrest for spying.

The fact that he was an internee brings up the connection between a man who would become a formal atom spy in 1941 and other internees that were staged on the Isle of Man before shipping out to Canada or Australia and the Hay internment camp. Tibor Kaldor comes to mind.

THE LINKS

The opportunity for links is clear:
1. Via the Isle of Man internment camp to internees who later boarded the Dunera headed for Sydney, Hay and finally Tatura.

2. Via his eventual 'cut out' courier, Harry Gold, to Major Pavel Ivanovich Fedosimov.

3. It is recorded that whilst at Sherbrooke, Klaus met with a contact who gave him a list of left wing associates.

MORE TO FOLLOW ON THIS FASCINATING ASPECT OF THE SOMERTON MAN CASE..........

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