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Hitler's and Stalin's Spies ~ FRI, Aug 21, 7PM

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Hitler's and Stalin's Spies: Two of the best spies of WWII, Elyesa Bazna, an agent for Nazi Germany, and Richard Sorge, Stalin's man in Japan, were ignored or disbelieved by the dictators for whom they worked. Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., via live video stream with interactive Q&A. Friday, August 21, 2020, 7:00PM. ONLY ONE TICKET PER HOUSEHOLD IS NECESSARY.

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Sometimes intelligence determines the difference in the outcome of a battle or even a war.  But sometimes, it falls on deaf ears.  Two of the greatest spies of the Second World War, Elyesa Bazna, a secret agent for Nazi Germany better known today as Agent Cicero, and Richard Sorge, Stalin's man in Japan, had one thing in common: on crucial occasions during the war, the dictators for whom they worked ignored or disbelieved them.  What were the strengths and flaws of the dictators' intelligence services, and how do we account for Hitler's and Stalin's mishandling of two of the best human intelligence sources of the Second World War? Presented by Bruce Thompson, Ph.D., via live video stream with interactive Q&A. Friday, August 21, 2020, 7:00PM. ONLY ONE TICKET PER HOUSEHOLD IS NECESSARY.

Bruce Thompson is a lecturer in the Departments of History and Literature and the Associate Director of Jewish Studies at U.C.-Santa Cruz. He received his Ph.D. in History from Stanford; his areas of scholarly research include European intellectual and cultural history, French history, British Isles history, American Jewish intellectual and cultural history, the history of cinema, and the history of espionage.