This week the National Archives bolstered its current MI5 records collection by 171 records, bringing the total number of files available to approximately 5000. Spanning both the Second World War and post-war eras, there’s plenty of material to get your teeth into. Many of the files are available online at nationalarchives.gov.uk however; here are some of the most interesting additions...
Antonia Hunt (ALIAS) Tonia Lyon-Smith:- At the age of 15 Antonia was trapped in France by the German invasion on 1940. Instead of being sent to a concentration camp though, she was enlisted as an office girl by a Gestapo office in Paris. Prior to this, she was arrested by the very same Gestapo officers for a letter she had written on behalf of the resistance. In an amazing twist, the time spent at the office was overshadowed by the infatuations of a German officer named Karl Gagel. He even attempted to make contact with Antonia following her return to Britain!
Details of British people working in unison with the German cause during the war have also been released. Among these renegades are members of the British Free Corps, who aided the Germans in occupied Europe.
Celebrating the Census Conference
Things are most definitely busy at the National Archives. On 1st October, a one day conference will be held at Kew for those interested in getting to know the perplexities of the census and how the data can be beneficial in tracing our ancestors.
‘Guess the Relative’ TV Show to air on Channel 4
As if we didn’t have enough genealogy and family history related TV programmes in the UK, Channel 4 are to throw their hat in the ring with a brand new family show concept, according to several British newspapers. In each episode, three people from different countries- who believe they have British ancestors- will stay with a British family for a week. The twist however, is that one of the three individuals will be related to the family- it is the British family’s job to guess who the correct ancestor is through several challenges.
Honestly, whatever next. I’ll be watching though!