Netherlands – King Kong

After the Smit-van der Heijden Line was penetrated by the Germans, Karst Smit went into hiding.  Elsje Boon, a student at the University of Leiden and head of a student escape line that had worked with Karst, invited him to join a new escape line where he would be responsible for the portion from Bordeaux to the Pyrenees.  Bored with inactivity, he immediately accepted.  Assigned to work closely with Christian Lindemans, known as “King Kong,” Karst was one of many betrayed by Lindemans.  Some writers have attributed the debacle at Arnhem to intelligence delivered by Lindemans to the Germans, but it appears unlikely.  When Karst visited Lindemans in prison after the war, Lindemans denied having anything to do with what happened at Arnhem.

  • Bullock, John, Akin to Treason, London: Arthur Barker Ltd., 1966.
  • Cookridge, E.H., Inside S.O.E., The First Full Story of Special Operations Executive in Western Europe, 1940-1945, London: Arthur Barker Ltd., 1966.
  • Dekkers, Frans, King Kong, The Hague: HP-Balans, 1986.
  • Giskes, H.J., London Calling North Pole, New York: Time-Life Books, 1990.
  • Kelso, Nicholas, Errors of Judgement, SOE’s Disaster in the Netherlands, 1941-44, London: Robert Hale, 1988.
  • Langley, Lt. Colonel J.M., Fight Another Day, London: Collins, 1974.
  • Laurens, Ann, The Lindemans Affair, London: Allan Wingate, 1971.
  • Pinto, Oreste, Spy-Catcher, NY: Harper Bros., 1952.  (See in particular Chap. X, “The Traitor of Arnhem.”)
  • Ross, Tomas, King Kong (novel), Amsterdam: Cargo, 2006.
  • West, Nigel, Unreliable Witness, Espionage Myths of the Second World War, London: Weidenfeld & Nicholson, 1984.  (See chap. 8 on King Kong.)
  • Wolters, Jo, Dossier Nordpol, Het Englandspiel Onder de Loep, Amsterdam: Boom, 2003.  (English language summary at the end.)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s