Wednesday, June 20, 2007

More Nazi secrets decoded

I already reported two years ago about the Crypto Simulation Group. They are in the progress of breaking a large number of encrypted secret messages which were sent from the SS concentration camp KL Flossenburg. Many of the prisoners were very high placed and well respected German officers and civilians. Amongst them were Admiral Wilhelm Canaris and General Hans Oster, the highest officers of the Abwehr (German Secret Service) and General Friedrich von Rabenau. All were executed, but their executions were kept secret, fearing the negative response from the public.

Frode Weierud from GSC now has published the successful decryption of another Enigma message, sent from KL Flossenburg, regarding the detention of SS-Brigadeführer Gottfried Graf von Bismarck-Schönhausen, a high placed General who belonged to the inner circle of the friends of Reichsführer-SS Heinrich Himmler. However, while apparently a respected SS officer, Graf von Bismarck-Schönhausen was involved in the conspiracy to stop the war and start negotiations with the Allied Forces.

In 1944 he was arrested and accused of being actively involved in the assassination attempt on Hitler by Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg. Unlike many other important prisoners Graf von Bismarck-Schönhausen survived the concentration camp, probably because he was the grandson of the Iron Chancellor Otto von Bismarck and due to his powerful connections. These historically important messages again show the high placed opposition against Hitler within his military and political ranks, which unfortunately was successfully suppressed by Hitler's own protection force, the notorious SS (Schutzstaffel).

The authentic Enigma message, together with the retrieved key settings to decipher the message are available on the Frode's Flossenburg pages, together with the story of Graf von Bismarck-Schönhausen. You can download my Enigma simulator or one of the many Enigma sims on Frode's Crypto Cellar, to decipher this authentic message yourself.

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