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There are courses on how to use wiles, disguises, and high explosives; how to use codes and ciphers and how to read others' codes and ciphers. There are courses in foreign trade and industry, in the manipulation of locks on doors and vaults, in the use of specially constructed cameras; and there are courses in contemporary events little known to the public. From the first day the pupils get down to cases, in the literal sense of the word. One course deals with current man hunts by the Third Reich.
But when more days passed without word from her husband, Frau Jacob became alarmed. As the wife of a journalist she knew how to make her alarm effective. On March 18 French and Swiss newspapers told that Berthold Jacob was missing and was probably in the hands of the Gestapo well inside the Reich. 53 ARMIES OF SPIES Swiss police, who had experienced other instances of Gestapo disregard of the little mountain republic, swiftly investigated and caught up with Wesseman as he was about to leave Switzerland.
It is especially important that new applicants for membership have a clear-cut desire to work actively in the spirit of National Socialist self-sacrifice. " "The group's work," as I have said, is ostensibly only cultural. It is a reasonable assumption, however, that if such an important part of the Reich as the Gestapo wants service by members of another part of the Reich's organization its desire will be at least respected. Espionage trials in America and in other countries have shown that members of German organizations abroad have actively cooperated in spying.