Cold war spy Werner I Juretzko
Werner Juretzko, a former G-2 (Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence) United States Army intelligence operative, apprehended during an authorized military espionage mission behind the Iron Curtain by communist security agents. Sentenced to 13 years - released 1961 after 6 years imprisonment. All too often we hear about the daring deeds of spies, The James Bond types who conquer all, save the world , and still get the girl. Today we talk with a real spy who was caught, served time in an East German prison and now can tell his story.
MY mentor Armando Sanchez met Werner I Juretzko while on a South Pacific cruise and suggested that we do a show together and I jumped at the chance.
Werner I. Juretzko was born into a well-respected merchant family in 1932. He grew up in a bilingual environment of the German and Polish languages, the youngest of seven children. His family lived in one of Europe’s pre-war political hotbeds—the long-disputed area of Upper Silesia where the first shots of World War II were fired. At the end of World War II, Werner was a combat-hardened 14-year-old fighting for his survival. He was forced by the Third Reich into the last-ditch defense lines. Atrocities committed by Soviet soldiers on members of his family created a resolve in Werner to revenge his family’s honor. In 1948, while serving his apprenticeship in West Germany as a tool & die maker, Werner was approached by the Organization Gehlen, which was the forerunner of the modern Amt fuer Verfassungsschutz (known in English as the Office for the Protection of the Constitution). Werner was asked to infiltrate the Communist Party in the State of Hessia. His exemplary service led to his recruitment by the G-2 Intelligence Service of the United States Army. During the heights of the Cold War, as a G-2 undercover political operative for the US Army intelligence
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