Recently released documents from the British National Archives have unearthed the role of an astrologist called Louis de Wohl
. His claim was that, since Hitler consulted an astrologer to determine what to do, he could look at the same star signs and predict what Hitler's actions would be. The Intelligence services apparently did not believe this - but British Security Coordination
, a secret propaganda organisation designed to influence Americans to join the war, did see a possibility in this and sent him on a US tour where he foretold Hitler's imminent downfall. He may also have been asked to leak some information which had previously been decrypted from Enigma messages. A BBC Radio 4 interview
with historian Christopher Andrew
and writer William Boyd
(starting 18min 50 sec in) provides more details.
posted by rongorongo
on Mar 4, 2008 -