RARA-AVIS: Re: Hallas/Knight/OSS

Thu, 22 Apr 1999 10:12:17 EDT Doug wrote:

<< "You Play the Black..." was one of the best books I read last year. It's
to be missed. The web site is interesting. My intro to the books says that
Hallas was part of a film division for Special Services (OSS). I always
OSS to be espionage, etc. (precursor to CIA), but maybe they did other
things, or maybe Hallas was part of those other things. >>

Way off topic here, but in my research for Gerald Kersh, I found that his
third wife worked for the OSS also, and was a script writer/editor for the
film division in London. Because she saw raw, uncut footage of a sensitive
nature, most of which was censored for the general public, she had to be
vetted and trained by the OSS. She explained to me that as well as versions
for US, UK and Neutral countries, there were also versions of the films for
the Chiefs of Staff so that they could really see what was happening on the
front line. The OSS also generated propaganda and 'black' ops to confuse the
enemy - disinformation we call it today.

Mrs Kersh, also told me that Gerald Kersh knew Eric Knight and I've done some
research to confirm this but nothing concrete yet.

- paul
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