The Spy in the Tower: The Untold Story of Joseph Jakobs, the Last Person to be Executed in the Tower of London

Author:   Giselle K. Jakobs
Publisher:   The History Press Ltd
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9780750989305


Pages:   448
Publication Date:   13 May 2019
Format:   Hardback
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The Spy in the Tower: The Untold Story of Joseph Jakobs, the Last Person to be Executed in the Tower of London


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Giselle Jakobs' grandfather was the last person executed at the Tower of London. A family man who ran afoul of the Nazis, Josef Jakobs was ill-prepared for an espionage mission to England. Captured by the Home Guard after breaking his ankle, Josef was interrogated at Camp 020. Rejected as a double-agent, he was then prosecuted under the Treachery Act and executed by firing squad on 15 August 1941. It would seem to be an open and shut case, yet Josef's MI5 file suggests otherwise. Faced with the threat of a German invasion in 1940-41, MI5 used promises and threats to break enemy agents, extract valuable intelligence and occasionally turn them into double agents. Evidence in his file suggests that the German Intelligence Service set Josef up to fail; sacrificed as a 'canary in the coal mine' to test MI5's double-cross system. The Spy in the Tower tells the untold story of one of Nazi Germany's failed agents. It calls into question the legality of Britain's wartime espionage trials and the success of its double-cross system. AUTHOR: Giselle K. Jakobs in the granddaughter of Joseph Jakobs. She has a doctorate in ancient history (palaeontology) and a Master's degree in theology. 30 b/w illustrations

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Author:   Giselle K. Jakobs
Publisher:   The History Press Ltd
Imprint:   The History Press Ltd
ISBN:  

9780750989305


ISBN 10:   0750989300
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   13 May 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  General
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
This item will be ordered in for you from one of our suppliers. Upon receipt, we will promptly dispatch it out to you. For in store availability, please contact us.

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GISELLE K. JAKOBS is the granddaughter of Josef Jakobs. She has a doctorate in palaeontology, which has given her strong research skills that were indispensable in unearthing and tying together the threads of this complex story. A subsequent master's degree in theology and experience as a pastoral associate tempered the scientist with some humanity. Giselle currently works as a facilitator, leading reconciliation workshops between Indigenous and non-Indigenous participants around the Indian Residential School legacy in Canada. The ability to bring opposing views to the table (scientist/theologian, victim/oppressor) has prepared her well to tell the very personal story of her grandfather - a German spy executed by an English firing squad.

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