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dentist spy of colditz; Coded letters sent home by Scot from Nazi prison to be auctioned.


A TREASURE trove of secret documents revealing the life of a daring Scots spy at Colditz will go on sale next month.

Captain Julius Morris Green - who was Jewish - risked his life confounding the Nazis at several prison camps.

By day, he worked as a dentist moving between camps to treat fellow PoWs.

But he was using his work to gather intelligence about the German war effort for MI9. He also helped to expose an informer among the prisoners.

His papers, photographs and personal items will be auctioned on June 18.

Julian Roup of auction house Bonhams said: "The risks he was running as a Jewish prisoner-of-war in Nazi hands hardly bear thinking about.

SECRETS Cartoon of "Under the surreal humour of his letters lies horror and quite extraordinary bravery."

Captain Green was born in 1912 and spent his early childhood in Killarney, Ireland, where his father had a dental practice.

He studied dentistry in Edinburgh and was practising in Glasgow when he joined the Territorial Army in 1939, and was posted to 51 Highland Division.

He was captured with his brigade at St Valery in June 1940, when, unlike their comrades at Dunkirk in previous weeks, they couldn't be evacuated.

He spent the rest of the war in a succession of camps. His misbehaviour meant he was eventually sent to Oflag IV-C, better known as Colditz Castle.

His collection is worth between PS4000 and PS6000. It consists of 40 coded letters by Green to his parents John and Clara in Dunfermline, and his sister Kathleen.

The correspondence runs from May 1941 to 1944 while he was imprisoned in prison camps at Blechhammer, Lamsdorf, Sandbostel, Westertimke, Heyderbreck and Colditz, where he stayed until 1945.

illicit activities at Colditz Julian said: "Being a dentist, he was in a good position to carry out espionage work as he spent much of his time travelling from camp to camp, treating patients.

"After the war, he presented a portion of his papers to the Imperial War Museum.

"The letters sometimes read like a caricature of a faulty language manual.

"Had the German censors employed someone with a native command of English they would have spotted something untoward, a fact which, as he tells us in his memoir, Green himself was all too aware."


SECRETS Cartoon of illicit activities at Colditz

TOOTH WILL OUT Captain Green in action and, left, one of the carefully coded letters sent home OU ca
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Date:May 30, 2014
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