Catalogue descriptionGilberte Elizabeth LAZARUS alias Betty KNOUT alias KNUTH: French. Yaacov LEVSTEIN alias...

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Reference: KV 2/4362

Gilberte Elizabeth LAZARUS alias Betty KNOUT alias KNUTH: French. Yaacov LEVSTEIN alias ELIAV: Czechoslovak. A leader of the Stern Gang, LEVSTEIN was jailed in Jerusalem in 1942 but escaped the following year. In June 1947 he and LAZARUS were arrested by Belgian border police in possession of letter bombs addressed to senior British officials. LAZARUS was subsequently identified as the woman who in April 1947 had left a bomb (which failed to go off) in the Colonial Office in London. LEVSTEIN's fingerprints were found on this device establishing that he was the bomb maker. Both LAZARUS and LEVSTEIN only served short sentences in Belgium

Note: Serial 13a: 'Wanted' poster and photograph. This is a heavily-weeded file. Both subjects are of Russian origin. LAZARUS was the granddaughter of the composer SCRIABIN and a relative of MOLOTOV
Date: 1945 Jun 25 - 1965 Jan 28
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: PF 67076
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
Access conditions: Retained Until 2017
Record opening date: 28 November 2017

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