“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it does rhyme.”
— Mark Twain

Shanghai Vs Hong Kong, 1937 – was it ever thus? A Soviet Spy’s View…

Posted: June 10th, 2019 | No Comments »

A small anecdote from Owen Matthews’s biography of Richard Sorge, An Impeccable Spy

1937 – Shanghai is under fire from the Japanese and a Soviet secret agent, Anna Clausen, is told she cannot go there as it may be too dangerous. The secret meeting will be changed to Hong Kong. But despite the danger Anna insists of Shanghai….

‘I don’t like Hong Kong because I have no friends and there is nothing to buy there…’

Hong Kong: safe, but boring…(just one spy’s view!)
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