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Dulles listened to most of those who came. Dulles The Allen W. In the summer of Dulles left his residence at No. In he would become Director of Central Intelligence, i. Dulles, Special Assistant to the American Minister.
Greg Brher. It was near where he had lived and worked twenty-four years before in the last months of World War I. From the terrace above I had an inspiring view of the whole stretch of the Bernese Alps.
He must have thought back to the time when he had passed up an opportunity to meet with Lenin during his World War I diplomatic service in Bern. The Allen W. Dulles who arrived in Bern did not look like a spy—he appeared more like a diplomat or professor.
According to Hans Bernd GiseviusAbwehr chief in Switzerland, serving under the cover as Vice-Consul in the German Consulate General in Zurich, who worked with him, Dulles was particularly troubled by the flourishing guild of professional spies, the traders in espionage materials, who would visit German agents in the morning, the British secret service in the afternoon, and the Dulles office on the Herrengasse in the evening, offering to each their carefully prepared and sensational reports.
His train passed from Vichy France into Switzerland only minutes before the Germans closed the border.
Herrengassein the picturesque, medieval section of Bern, near its cathedral, was an arcaded and cobblestoned street ran along the ridge high above the river Aare. Seventy-years ago, on November 9,forty-nine year old Allen W. Dulles was lucky to be in Switzerland. The street itself ended there in a cul-de-sac, and the land fell sharply away beyond a low wall down to the vineyard terraces that slopped down to the Aare, which made a horseshoe bend around the ancient city walls.
So he pulled some strings and had the streetlight opposite his front door turned off for the duration of the war, but most clandestine guests came and went by the back door.
Because of the constant stream of visitors there was no real secret about Dulles being an intelligence operative or his home was being used for intelligence work. A circumspect concern for Swiss sensibilities dictated however that he at least seek a headquarters that could claim diplomatic immunity so he established an office at No. Many such visitors were legitimate. The Germans had taken this action the same day Allied troops landed in North Africa. But many were not.