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Helen Fry
Sir Nick Young in Conversation with Helen Fry: The Story of the Special Rescue

Tuesday 13.02.2024


Sir Nick Young sits down for a conversation with Helen Fry about the extraordinary story of a young Jewish sister and brother who saved the life of his soldier father in Italy in during World War II. Their selfless sacrifice came at great personal cost.

Helen Fry

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Helen Fry has authored and edited over 25 books covering the social history of the Second World War, including British Intelligence and the secret war, espionage, and spies, as well as MI9 escape and evasion. She is the foremost authority on the “secret listeners” who worked at special eavesdropping sites operated by British Intelligence during WWII. Helen is the official biographer of MI6 spymaster, Colonel Thomas Joseph Kendrick. She has also extensively written about the 10,000 Germans who fought for Britain during WWII. Helen has appeared in a number of documentaries and has provided advisory services for TV and drama. She also appears regularly in media interviews and podcasts. Helen is an ambassador for the National Centre for Military Intelligence (NCMI) and serves as a trustee of both the Friends of the Intelligence Corps Museum and the Medmenham Collection. She works in London.

Nick Young

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Sir Nick Young’s distinguished career began as a corporate lawyer with one of the “Magic Circle” law firms. After moving to East Anglia, he discovered his vocation as a charity worker, first with Sue Ryder and Leonard Cheshire, before becoming chief executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, and then chief executive of the British Red Cross, stepping down in 2014 after 13 years. He was knighted for services to cancer care in 2000 and received the Queen’s Badge of Honour in 2013. Now in retirement, he remains a charity trustee, adviser, and consultant.