12 Jun 2011 07:42 UTCSun 12 Jun 2011 - 7:42 am UTC
I have a copy of an MI5 report submitted by Agent U35 - Klop Ustinov, Peter's father - on 21 May 1939 concerning a London-based person with 'left sympathies'.
Klop reported that an associate of this man was said to be involved in the 'Salinger Affair' in Brussels.
My own searches bring up many references to J D Salinger, the author of 'The Catcher in the Rye', but I very much doubt if either he or Pierre Salinger were the Salinger in question.
Could someone please enlighten me?
12 Jun 2011 12:59 UTCSun 12 Jun 2011 - 12:59 pm UTC
probo...I didn't see anything on this.
In 1925, the UK stopped shipping zinc ore to Belgium and the Belgians turned to US sources instead. A Belgian named Salinger was a prominent player in the trades, but whether he has anything to do with the "Salinger Affair" is a mystery.
Hope something will turn up.
12 Jun 2011 14:04 UTCSun 12 Jun 2011 - 2:04 pm UTC
I think your man is C G F Salinger (suspected wartime spy) There is a file reference number: HO 45/25709 & 283/62 but the National Archives site seems to be having some problems today.
From the book:
"In the Highest Degree Odious"
"DETENTION WITHOUT TRIAL IN WARTIME BRITAIN"
C G F Salinger.
"Salinger was detained by an 'acts prejudicial' order of 31 May. The 'Reasons for Order' were not settled until 1 October. Over a month later, on 6 November the committee recommended release; this was accepted on 11 December, almost seven months after his arrest"
"Salinger was released in late 1940"
Files (presumably available from The National Archives)
HO 45/25709 & 283/62
The information above was from the Google book link below.
Also, it seems Salinger resigned his commission as Lieutenant from the 5th Battalion Royal Sussex Regiment on May 12th 1929.
Without being able to see the files in the National Archives I can't be sure, but I think it's fairly likely, this is the person you are looking for.
All the best
12 Jun 2011 14:51 UTCSun 12 Jun 2011 - 2:51 pm UTC
P.P.S. See the last item in the left-hand column:
12 Jun 2011 15:29 UTCSun 12 Jun 2011 - 3:29 pm UTC
Many Thanks Leli and David and Obrigado Paul.
Cecil certainly appears to be an interesting character and I will check him out on my next visit to Kew. (The TNA site has worked OK for me.)
In the meantime, I should be obliged if Paul would now hit the Answer Found Button and to prepare himself for receiving an absolute Galaxy of Stars.
All the Best
12 Jun 2011 17:17 UTCSun 12 Jun 2011 - 5:17 pm UTC
Hello again Bryan,
I'm glad that we seem to have identified Cecil Salinger as the person you were seeking.
The National Archives site was working, but the search function didn't seem to work properly. I thought at first it might be due to strike action, but then I saw that if they do strike it will be on the 30th of June. Worth bearing in mind if you are planning a trip to the archives on that day.
"Possible strike action to affect on site services "
The Public and Commercial Services union (PCS) is currently holding a ballot proposing a national strike on Thursday 30 June.
The strike has not yet been confirmed, but should it go ahead there may be disruption to our on site services on this day. We would therefore urge visitors who are planning to come to The National Archives to arrange their visit for an alternative day.
I see that the Kurt Jahnke question from Google Answers days is now listed almost at the top of Google at number 2 out of 2,810 results for a search of "Kurt Jahnke"
All the best