|16, 23 and 30 November and 15 December 2013
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In November 2013, Crypto Museum will be organizing a special exhibition
focussing on Secret Communication. Many items will be on public
display for the first time.
For this event, Crypto Museum has teamed up with the
Foundation for German Technology in Duivendrecht (Netherlands).
The event will be open to the general public on three successive Saturdays.
In the three-day exibition, we will be showing a number of well-known
spy radio sets, such as the famous British
Type 3 Mark II (B2),
as used by the CIA, and the German
Furthermore, a number of less well-known and much rarer spy radio
sets will be on diplay, such as the
(shown in the image on the right) and the recently discovered
FS-5000 that was used by
NATO's clandestine stay-behind operations (Gladio).
Some of the radio sets will be operational and there will be
plenty of time for discussions with the curators.
The Enigma cipher machines
never fail to attract the attention of the public.
In this exhibition we will go a step further however.
We will show a wide variety of different Enigma models, such
as the Swiss Enigma K
and the Commercial Enigma,
including some of the rarest accessories, like the
and the famous Enigma Uhr.
In addition to the Enigma machines, you will be able to see and
touch some derivatives of the Enigma, such as the
and the Russian Fialka,
but also the rare TC-52
two Swiss machines developed in the 1950s by Dr. Edgar Gretener
and the Swedish Boris Hagelin.
Many of these machines have never been on public display
in The Netherlands before, either because they were too rare
or because they had not been declassified. A rather unique
item in this respect is the machine shown in the image above.
It is known as RACE
and was used for many years by NATO.
It was compatible with the
and was also used by the US Army where it is known as the
See the list below for a more complete overview.
The exhibition Secret Communications will take place on the
dates indicated below. We have picked a series of Saturdays
in November, and one Sunday in December in the hope that it
will be suitable for most visitors, both domestic and foreign.
Admission will be from 10:00 to 17:00.
Saturday 9 November 2013 (closed group)
Saturday 16 November 2013
Saturday 23 November 2013
Saturday 30 November 2013
Sunday 15 December 2013
Large groups my apply for a visit outside these opening hours,
but this is subject to availability of the organisers and the
equipment. Please contact Arthur Bauer to arrange an appointment.
The exhibition is located at the premises of the Foundation
for German Technology, the private museum of Dutch collector
Arthur Bauer and his wife Karin. The museum is located in
Duivendrecht, which is very close to Amsterdam (Netherlands).
The address is:
1115 BJ Duivendrecht
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Update 18 December 2013|
The exhibition and the cooperation with the Foundation
for German Technology was a great success. We had four official
opening days for the general public and a closed scheduled one with
students of the University of Amsterdam (UvA). The exhibition was
preceeded by a closed meeting of the HELL collectors club (the
HELL Meeting). In all, we had well over 400 visitors.
On each of the Saturdays we counted more than 100 visitors from
all over the country and even from some of the neightbouring countries
such as Germany and the UK. We were very pleased to see that the
exhibition also attracted the attention from young people, which
proves that cryptography is 'hot'.
On the very first official opening day, we had the honour of
welcoming one of the members of the original Telefunken design team
that created the FS-5000 spy radio set.
He had made the long trip from München (Germany) to be reunited with
Although he was familiar with most aspects of the set and especially
its batteries, he had never seen the control unit (DSU) before.
The latter was developed at Telefunken in Backnang, whilst the radio
itself came from Ulm.
➤ See the photographs of the first opening days
On the last opening day, Sunday 15 December 2013, we were visited
by Herman Schoemaker,
a former radio instructor of the Dutch
stay-behind organisation O&I
(often referred to as Gladio)
who recently graduated
on this subject at the University of Utrecht. Herman was accompanied
by two former colleagues who worked for the same organisation but had
never met before. Herman worked for the Dutch stay-behind organisation O&I
from around 1960 until its demise in 1992.
Herman Schoemaker (bottom right) and his two former colleagues had worked with all
Dutch spy radio sets from the SP-15 onwards,
including the Racal PRM-4150
(in the Netherlands known as DZO-81) and its successor the
(in The Netherlands known as AZO-90). They were able to provide many
intersting details about the operational use of these radio sets.
➤ More about our special 'Gladio' meeting
➤ About Herman Schoemaker
The following items were on public display during this exhibition:
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