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Peter Max Ferdinand Sichel

Birthplace: Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
Immediate Family:

Son of Eugene Hermann Theodor Sichel and Franziska Luisa Sichel
Husband of Private
Father of Private; Private and Private
Brother of Ruth Sichel

Managed by: Simon Goodman
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About Peter Sichel

Peter M. F. Sichel, a fourth-generation wine merchant, found the path he was destined to walk interrupted by the Nazis while growing up as a Jew in Germany. He moved to France in 1939 but was imprisoned as an enemy alien at the outbreak of World War II. When he was released, he hid in the Pyrenees before reaching the United States in 1941.

After joining the Army, he served with the U.S. Office of Strategic Services, sending spies into Germany, before becoming a senior official with the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served in key positions in Berlin, Hong Kong, and Washington.

In his memoir "The Secrets of My Life: Vintner, Prisoner, Soldier, Spy"--which needed to be cleared by the CIA--he describes how the Nazis took over Germany, the odd attitude of German Jews to being Jewish, the fault lines in U.S. intelligence during the Cold War, and the life lessons he learned in the wine business.

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Peter Sichel's Timeline

September 12, 1922
Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany