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A matter of intelligenceMI5 and the surveillance of anti-Nazi refugees, 1933-50$
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Charmian Brinson and Richard Dove

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090790

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090790.001.0001

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A matter of intelligence

Charmian Brinson

Richard Dove

Manchester University Press

The introduction outlines the overall subject of the book: the surveillance of anti-Nazi refugees from Hitler's Germany by MI5 during the period 1933–1950. It broaches the major themes pursued in the narrative, such as the distinction between ‘racial’ and ‘political’ refugees and MI5’s preoccupation with the surveillance of Communist refugees throughout the 1930s and 1940s. It also evaluates the scope and content of intelligence in the security files which furnish the subject-matter of the book, including the files relating to the major refugee organisations – the Free German League of Culture, the Austrian Centre and the Czech Refugee Trust Fund. The introduction also poses the question: why has this extensive MI5 operation hitherto remained hidden from history?

Keywords:   MI5, Security Service, Surveillance, Intelligence, Anti-Nazi refugees, Free German League of Culture, Austrian Centre

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