ARNE MOLFENTER & RÜDIGER STREMPEL
DER FINSTERNIS ENTGEGEN. Die wahre Geschichte der Vera Atkins und ihrer wagemutigen Agentinnen/
TOWARDS DARKNESS. The True Story of Vera Atkins and her Bold Female Agents
Non-fiction, ca. 280pp.
Bold agents in the fight against the Nazis
New facts on the special task force of the British Intelligence Unit MI6
Sabotage, subversion and espionage behind enemy lines were some of the most dangerous jobs during the Second World War. Thirty-nine female agents went into battle against Hitler’s-Germany. The driving force is Vera Atkins, descended from a German-British family of Jewish faith, who grew up in Rumania. From 1940 onwards, she builds up a specialist network of female agents, despite strong political opposition. She trains these unyielding women, plans and heads up their operations in the fight against Nazi terror. She is considered as the genuine role model for the figure of Miss Moneypenny. Yet the real agent is much more than an assistant.
Vera Atkins’ secret service files were kept under seal for almost 70 years. Now they have become accessible in the National Archives in London. With the help of these documents, the authors have reconstructed the secret story of Vera Atkins and her agents, who became forgotten heroines.
Arne Molfenter, born 1971, attended the German School of Journalism in Munich and studied Politics and Communication at the University of Munich. He was editor, reporter and correspondent for, amongst others, the BBC, ARD/SWR and the ZEIT. He now works for the United Nations in Brussels, Berlin and Bonn.
Rüdiger Strempel, born 1962, studied Law, German and History of Art and now works as a freelance journalist, translator and consultant for German and international organisations and NGOs.
DuMont recently published the non-fiction work ‘Über die weiße Linie’ (2014) written by Arne Molfenter and Rüdiger Strempel.
Rights to previous title sold to: Uitgeverij Lannoo (Dutch)
Rüdiger Strempel, geboren in Deggendorf, wuchs in fünf Städten auf vier Kontinenten auf. Er studierte Jura, Germanistik und Kunstgeschichte in Bonn und Speyer und ist seit über einem Jahrzehnt in verschiedenen Funktionen für die Vereinten Nationen tätig. Außerdem arbeitet er als freier Journalist und Übersetzer. Er leitet derzeit das Trialterale Wattenmeersekretariat in Wilhelmshaven.