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The Holocaust as Mossad Recruitment Tool

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A new play about a female Mossad agent reveals that the Holocaust can be an effective recruitment tool for Israeli intelligence:

She was tall, blonde and Swedish. The kind of woman who has known the adoration of men since adolescence. “Susanne” was in her fifties when I met her in Israel. She was Ingrid Bergman and Liv Ullmann. I never guessed she was a Jew. Her atmosphere was sensuality and mystery. But, when I heard she had been a Mossad agent and a honeypot, I started asking questions.

The whispers from friends were that she had used her beauty as a tool to seduce Arab terrorists and kill them as they slept.

It was easy to see her appeal to Mossad. The stereotype shiksa is a blonde with no traditional semitic traits. Susanne had been a Swedish Protestant who converted to Judaism. When we met in the late 1980s, she had retired. She spoke to me about her reasons for joining Mossad. Learning about the Holocaust had traumatised her childhood. Watching footage of concentration camp survivors made her identify with the victims. This provoked her to go to Israel and be part of the struggle for the country’s survival.

Susanne was part of Golda Meir’s Operation Wrath of God in which teams of agents hunted down the members of the Palestinian group Black September responsible for assassinating 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics.


Written by Maidhc Ó Cathail

October 7, 2011 at 1:57 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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