Der Finsternis entgegen

Arne Molfenter, Rüdiger Strempel

Der Finsternis entgegen

Die wahre Geschichte der Vera Atkins und ihrer mutigen Agentinnen

288 pages

First day of sale: 13.01.2016
ISBN 978-3-8321-9800-8

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.
Autumn 2015

Bold agents in the fight against the Nazis

New facts on the special task force of the British Intelligence Unit MI6

The Unyielding

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.
Rights to previous title sold to: Uitgeverij Lannoo (Dutch)

Rüdiger Strempel

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.