Mystery Writers of America Meeting

Guest Speaker: Werner I. Juretzko, a Cold War spy for the United States against the KGB/Stasi. He has wriiten two books on this subject Years Without Hope and Der Ort Des Rotten Terrors (The Red Terror Compound). The latter is in German. You can find out more about the speaker ar .

  Werner I. Juretzko was born into a well-respected merchant
family in 1932. He grew up in a bilingual environment of the German and Polish
languages, the youngest of seven children. His family lived in one of Europe’s
pre-war political hotbeds—the long-disputed area of Upper Silesia where the
first shots of World War II were fired. At the end of World War II, Werner was
a combat-hardened 14-year-old fighting for his survival. He was forced by the
Third Reich into the last-ditch defense lines. He became a Prisoner of War and
was held captive for several months in the Soviet-Czech POW camp located in
Tabor, Czechoslovakia. Atrocities committed by Soviet soldiers on members of
his family created a resolve in Werner to revenge his family’s honor. In 1948,
while serving his apprenticeship in West Germany as a tool & die maker,
Werner was approached by the Organization Gehlen, which was the forerunner of
the modern Amt fuer Verfassungsschutz (known in English as the Office for the
Protection of the Constitution). Werner was asked to infiltrate the Communist
Party in the State of Hessia. His exemplary service led to his recruitment by
the G-2 Intelligence Service of the United States Army. During the heights of
the Cold War, as a G-2 undercover political operative for the US Army
intelligence, Werner conducted authorized undercover espionage missions behind
the Iron Curtain. Werner was apprehended in action in 1955 by the Stasi
(Ministry of State Security). He was tried by Communist authorities and
subsequently sentenced to a 13-year prison term. He was released after 6 years
of incarceration in Communist prisons, most of that time spent in solitary
confinement. After being released in 1961, he decided to settle in the USA.
Werner graduated from the Industrial Engineering College of Chicago in 1972.
After a 25-year career with Signode Steel Company, he retired in 1989 at the
position of Senior Manufacturing Engineer. During the 1970’s Werner served as a
Director on the Executive Board of the German American National Congress
(GANC—the largest organization of Americans of German descent). From 1972 to
1974, he served as President of the Chicago chapter of the GANC and as Editor
of the organization’s monthly publication, Der Deutsch Amerikaner. Werner has
authored numerous historical and politically oriented articles that have been
published in many English, German and Polish publications. He is a member of
AFIO, the Association of Former Intelligence Officers.


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Sunday, November 9, 2014 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

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7419 Madison St.
60130-1502 Forest Park
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