Catalogue description Joachim BENEMANN, alias BENNEMANN, Jochen: German. First came to notice in 1937 when he...

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Joachim BENEMANN, alias BENNEMANN, Jochen: German. First came to notice in 1937 when he arrived in the UK ostensibly to study at London University but his real purpose was suspected to be the development of the Hitler Jugend (HJ) in the UK. His organisation of HJ cycling tours of the UK was thought possibly to be a cover for espionage activities but this was unconfirmed by the time he left the UK in 1939. After the war he claimed to have been anti-Nazi and on his application for British naturalisation in 1953 his true allegiances were investigated: he had been very close to the Communist Party in the early 1930s while employed in Moscow and a member of the Nazi Party from 1938, but during the Second World War had worked with the Communist-influenced Resistance in Denmark. His application was refused

Note: Serial 48a: anonymous letter, from an anti-Nazi German in England, denouncing Benemann
Date: 1936 Dec 16 - 1937 Dec 02
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: PF 45605 VOL 1
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
Access conditions: Retained Until 2010
Record opening date: 26 August 2010

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