Vera & Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
Encrypted Telex Communication between Free Europe Committee New York and Radio Free Europe Munich
The digital series, ‘Encrypted Telex Communication between FEC New York and RFE Munich’ is the an important part of the Free Europe Committee (FEC) collection that consists of 31 microfilm reels ranging from 1960 up to 1966. The series consists of 46 148 digital files, split into 35359 items. Generally, one digital file represents one crypto message that was sent between the United States headquarters in New York and Munich’s Radio Free Europe headquarters. The English language crypto messages were thus stored and organized geographically and chronologically by day, month and year.
To the best of our knowledge, most of the crypto messages were automatically decoded. A few phrases were decoded in handwriting or sometimes remained encrypted. Most of the crypto messages are of relatively good quality while some of them are partly or completely illegible.