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Fake papers that trapped top Nazi unveiled after 75 years

SS Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler's false identity document. On May 22, 1945, SS Chief Heinrich Himmler was arrested by British forces under the false name Feldwebel (Sergeant) Heinrich Hizinger.

SS Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler’s false identity document. On May 22, 1945, SS Chief Heinrich Himmler was arrested by British forces under the false name Feldwebel (Sergeant) Heinrich Hizinger. Credit:The Military Intelligence Museum

However, they have now been donated to the Military Intelligence Museum in Shefford, Bedfordshire, by the great niece of Lieutenant Colonel Sidney Noakes, along with the braces Himmler was wearing when he was detained.

Noakes, born in 1905, was a lawyer who joined the Intelligence Corps in 1943 but was seconded to MI5. After the war he returned to his career as a lawyer, eventually ending up a county court judge. He died in 1993.

He is believed to have been one of the MI5 members who interrogated Himmler before his death, and was possibly given permission to keep the documents by his superiors when any valuable intelligence had been extracted.

“I can’t think of any other way he could have got them,” said Bill Steadman, curator of the Military Intelligence Museum. “Without this damning stamp on the document it is possible that Himmler may have been able to pass through the system unnoticed, and escape as did many other wanted Nazis.

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