Eavesdropping on Hell: Historical Guide to Western Communications Intelligence and the Holocaust, 1939-1945

Book description

A study of how Allied communications intelligence organizations reported intelligence on the Holocaust. Explains how the Western COMINT system operated during WWII; describes how the wartime records of SIS and GC&CS are organized in the U.S. and UK; summarizes what information is available from SIGINT records about the Holocaust.

Table of contents

  1. Preface
    1. A Note on Terminology
    2. Acknowledgments
  2. 1. Background
    1. 1.1. The Context of European and Nazi Anti-Semitism
    2. 1.2. Previous Histories and Articles
  3. 2. Overview of the Western Communications Intelligence System during World War II
    1. 2.1. Step 1: Setting the Requirements, Priorities, and the Division of Effort
    2. 2.2. Step 2: Intercepting the Messages
    3. 2.3. Step 3: Processing the Intercept
    4. 2.4. Step 4: Disseminating the COMINT
    5. 2.5. From Intercept to Decryption – the Story of One German Police Message
  4. 3. Sources of Cryptologic Records Relating to the Holocaust
    1. 3.1. The National Archives and Records Administration
    2. 3.2. The Public Record Office
    3. 3.3. Miscellaneous Collections
  5. 4. Selected Topics of the Holocaust
    1. 4.1. A. The General Course of the Holocaust and Allied Communications Intelligence
    2. 4.2. B. Jewish Refugees, the Holocaust and the Growing Strife in Palestine
    3. 4.3. C. The Vichy Regime and the Jews
    4. 4.4. D. The Destruction of Hungary's Jews, 1944
    5. 4.5. E. Japan and the Jews in the Far East
    6. 4.6. F. Nazi Gold: National and Personal Assets Looted by Nazis and Placed in Swiss Banks, 1943 – 1945
  6. 5. Some Observations about Western Communications Intelligence and the Holocaust
    1. 5.1. What Was Known from Western COMINT
    2. 5.2. When the COMINT Agencies Knew about the Holocaust
    3. 5.3. Some Further Observations Regarding the Available Archival Records
      1. 5.3.1. There are limited COMINT agency records about the Holocaust.
      2. 5.3.2. There are significant differences between the Archival record holdings of the cryptologic agencies of the United States and Great Britain.
    4. 5.4. The Western communications intelligence agencies collected many more intercepts than they finally processed during the war.
    5. 5.5. There are pertinent uses for the available records from the COMINT agencies related to the Holocaust.
  7. 1. Selected Allied Monitoring Stations (MS) and Designators (USA=United States Army, USN=United States Navy)
  8. 2. Annotated Sample of Diplomatic Translation and German Police Decrypt
  9. 3. Attached Documents
  10. Bibliography
    1. Allied Communications Intelligence Organization, Operations, and Knowledge of the Holocaust
    2. General History of the Holocaust
    3. The Refugee Problem
    4. Einsatzgruppen and German Police Atrocities
    5. Concentration Camps:
    6. Vichy and the Jews
    7. Roundup of the Hungarian Jews
    8. Jews and Japanese in the Far East
    9. "Nazi Gold," Swiss Banks, and Looted Assets
  11. Glossary of Terms, Abbreviations, and Acronyms

Product information

  • Title: Eavesdropping on Hell: Historical Guide to Western Communications Intelligence and the Holocaust, 1939-1945
  • Author(s): Robert J. Hanyok
  • Release date: April 2005
  • Publisher(s): Center for Cryptologic History, NSA
  • ISBN: 01120090002SI