Trivial Pursuit Leads to Unmasking an Unsung Heroine

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Sometimes when playing board games with family, you can learn a lot of old family secrets and history. But the secret of Frau Richter, a double agent who spied on the Nazis, is probably the most shocking to come out of game night.

Frau Fleur Richter, originally from Scotland but living in Germany during World War II, was forced to spy for the Germans. But she became a double agent for MI6, feeding false information to the Gestapo. The only person who knew her secret was her close friend, Vera Wild, who kept the secret for 56 years after Frau Richter’s death in 1956.

Fast forward to the early 90s, when Frau Richter’s extended family (including her great nephew Miller Caldwell) was playing Trivial Pursuit with Vera Wild.

Miller said: “My parents, my godmother Vera and her husband, Tim, were at my house when we decided to play Trivial Pursuit.

“A geography question on Germany found Tim recalling the Brenner Pass between Austria and Italy. He had cycled there in 1920.

“Out of the blue, Vera became clearly flustered, looking to the ceiling and saying how she did not want to go to Germany.

“I was shocked, confused and then intrigued by her strange reaction.

“It was only after pressing her on the matter that she opened up about Fleur’s war-time activities which my great aunt had told her in confidence all those years ago.

“She explained that Fleur had been living in Hamburg before the Second World War and how she was forced after her husband’s death to become a spy by the Gestapo.

Now Mr. Caldwell is writing a book about this amazing story. To read more about Frau Richter, see the whole article here.