In August of 1946, we find our protagonist, Henry Hecksher, digging into the files on the NKVD, the Soviet Union’s sweeping law enforcement agency that included its secret police, in the German city of Weimar.
Working for the Strategic Services Unit, a CIA predecessor, in the American Zone of Germany, Hecksher wrote a top secret missive to Capt. Everett O’Neal, an officer in SSU headquarters for the European theater.
He complained that the information was dated, but said that according to a chauffer for the NKVD, there was a team of some 30 officers in the Soviet agency’s Weimar headquarters, headed by Brigadier General Bezhanov.
The note was declassified in 2008.
CIA.gov. Document Type: FOIA, Collection: FOIA CollectionDocument Number (FOIA) /ESDN (CREST): 0000261045Release Decision: RIFPUBOriginal Classification: UDocument Page Count: 1Document Release Date: December 15, 2008Sequence Number: Case Number: F-2008-00388,Publication Date: August 13, 1946