Avraam-Markus Klinberg

Avraam-Markus Klinberg

Number one spy in Israeli history
Date of Birth: 10.1918Год
Country: Israel

Biography of Avraham-Marcus Klinberg

Avraham-Marcus Klinberg was born in October 1918 in Warsaw. He fled from Poland before the arrival of the Germans, but his entire family perished in the Treblinka ovens. He lived in Minsk from 1940 and voluntarily joined the Red Army on June 22, 1941. He participated in the war, attained the rank of captain in the medical service, and was wounded. Klinberg received training in Moscow on infectious diseases.

After the war, Klinberg returned to Poland but always felt indebted to the Soviet Union for saving his life, providing refuge, and giving him the opportunity to study and fight against Nazism. Klinberg was sympathetic to socialist ideas. From Poland, Marcus and his wife Vanda (they married in 1945) moved to Sweden and then to Israel.

After several years of service in the medical units of the Israeli army, Klinberg rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel. He then found employment at the Institute of Biology and was considered an internationally renowned epidemiologist. In the mid-1960s, the General Security Service (Shin Bet) began suspecting Klinberg of espionage. He underwent two rigorous investigations, including a polygraph test, but emerged completely "clean" with a smile on his face.

In 1982, a specially formed team of Mossad and Shin Bet agents detained Klinberg and subjected him to 18-hour interrogations per day. For five days, Marcus remained silent. On the sixth day, he "broke" and confessed to everything. A few days later, during a visit from his wife, Vanda slipped a handful of "Comadin" pills (a blood-thinning medication) into his hand. Marcus swallowed them and was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Vanda slit her own veins, but both were saved.

Klinberg was found guilty of spying for the Soviet Union and sentenced to 20 years in prison. He spent ten of those years in solitary confinement.