As Hitler’s master spy, Wilhelm Canaris staged covert operations that ultimately caused chaos and destruction. But he was also a double agent who provided secrets to the Allies and helped Jews escape from Germany. It’s a complex story, and James wants to know more.
Berlin’s spy museum outlines the many plots orchestrated by Canaris and the clever tools used by his operatives. A photojournalist tells James about the events that transformed Canaris from a naval officer into a political firebrand. A memorial to Germans who fought in the Spanish Civil War reveals Canaris’ early zeal for fascism. Agents from the Abwehr—Germany’s top spy organization headed by Canaris—helped provide Hitler the excuse he needed to invade Poland, but Canaris himself was also involved in plots to assassinate the Führer.
At Berlin’s Jewish Museum, James learns Canaris was falsely identified as the mastermind behind the infamous yellow star badge. Digging deeper at Berlin’s Resistance Museum reveals why. In Canaris’ Berlin neighbourhood, James learns more about what drove Canaris to actively save Jews. A memorial at the university of Munich reveals that taking on the Nazis had deadly consequences.