Major Frank Foley, who saved thousands of Jews from Nazi Germany, was today honoured by M16.

Frank Foley was a British intelligence officer stationed in the British Embassy in Berlin in the 1920s and 1930s. In his official role as a passport control officer, he issued thousands of visas to German Jews who were desperate to escape Nazi persecution in the 1930s. His actions were honoured by M16 today, Tuesday 30th January 2018, at a reception with members of his family and the Holocaust Educational Trust at the agency's headquarters in London. This is the first is a series of events which will honour Foley and ensure that his legacy is permanently remembered.

Commenting on the news, Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said:

“Frank Foley’s courageous actions saved 10,000 Jewish people from almost certain death at the hands of the Nazis – he is an example to all of us about the importance of standing up to be counted even in the most difficult of circumstances.

“As we educate the next generation about the darkness and destruction of the Holocaust, we are fortunate to be able to point to the few who risked their own lives to save others. We are delighted that his actions will be honoured in this permanent way.”