THE MAN WHO SAVED LONDON by George Martelli

THE MAN WHO SAVED LONDON

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Michel Hollard, a Frenchman who single-handed administered one of the most effective spy networks in France during World War II, committed himself to the task of fighting for his country at a time when most of his neighbors had retreated into apathy. The Vichy Government had acceded to almost all the conqueror's demands, and France was virtually a prison, when Hollard crossed the Swiss frontier for the first time of offer his services to British Intelligence. He gradually won British confidence as an agent whose reports were accurate in every particular. Finally he and the people who collected information for him stumbled onto the secret of the V-1 rocket. Because the British were thus forewarned, the German attack on London was substantially mitigated. The British were so grateful they awarded Hollard the D.S.O. After years of successful spying without being caught, Hollard was betrayed by a collaborator and taken prisoner by the Gestapo. At this point his story becomes a sharp reminder of just why someone like Adolph Eichmann is on trial today. Hollard is not a Jew (or he would probably not now be alive to tell his tale), and there is only the briefest mention of the treatment of Jews in this book. But his analyses of ""the process of human degradation deliberately planned and carried out"" on many others as well as Jews is certainly a striking study of Nazi brutality. ""The S.S."", he says, ""were a different race, almost a different species, educated and conditioned for one purpose: to assure the supremacy of the Nazi State. In the process they had been de-humanised..."" Exciting as a novel, Hollard's story as told to Martelli is a nightmarish prod to the conscious of the world.

Publisher: Doubleday