Category Archives: Mary Bancroft

Gisevius and Mary Bancroft

Hans Bernd Gisevius was an Abwehr agent dispatched to Switzerland under diplomatic cover. The Abwehr was Germany’s military intelligence corps. It had access to Hitler and the top Nazi leadership, and it was capable of concealing its activities from the Gestapo and other agencies under legitimate claims of secrecy. Probably ten percent of the...

Spying and Loving

As war was ramping up with Germany in the late thirties and OSS Spy Master Allen Dulles took up his post in Zürich, he began working with, and, as it were, loving Mary Bancroft. As Dulles said, “Let the romance cover the job and the job cover the romance.” The...

Mary Bancroft, Spy Master Allen Dulles and Dr. Jung

Mary Bancroft was just beginning her spy work for her new lover, Spy Master Allen Dulles. Her counselor, friend and subject of academic writing, psychologist Carl Gustav Jung, had not yet met Dulles but was quite interested in him. Jung was deep into his theories of abstract consciousness and metaphysics,...

Mary Bancroft, the Journalist

In the State Department, in private practice of international law, in the wartime OSS, and the postwar CIA, Allen Dulles devoted his life to “the craft of intelligence,” including bold and aggressive pursuit of covert actions to further what he perceived as America’s political interests abroad. Although Dulles had been...

The Trip To Nuremberg

Mary Bancroft had served America as a spy in the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) from Zürich before America came into the war and throughout the war. Now, it was 1945. The war was over. She was traveling to Nuremberg by car from Zürich to observe the war trials. On the way,...

Mary Bancroft’s Lover

By her own admission, Mary Bancroft felt emotional attachment for only two men in her life, neither of which was one of her two husbands. Early in December 1942, Mary began working for Allen Dulles, head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the American spy agency, out of Zürich....