Slipped into enemy territory, his espionage attempts met with complete success. However luck soon turned against him, as during his third mission he was seized by the enemy camp and imprisoned. He was subjected to absolute third degree torture and only miraculously, and albeit divinely, escaped the contours of death on more that one occasion.
But he continued to strive towards seeing his own country once again. He looked forward to coming back home. And one day, God gave him that chance. He returned to the border once again, so that he could be united with his fellow countrymen.
Was the welcome given to him befitting that of a hero? Or even if not a hero’s welcome, certainly he needn’t have been treated like a blackguard, a traitor!
Who was he after all a Spy, or a Soldier?
The name Kishori Lal was given to me by my grandfather, Late Sh. Lakhpat Rai as he was informed about my birth at the village Gurudwara, where he was sitting for the daily Ardas. He requested the Granthi of the Gurudwara to find the first word from the Holy Script, the WAK of Sh. Guru Granth Saheb. The Granthi then pronounced ‘K’ in Gurumukhi, i.e. Kakka or Kee. Then my grandfather named me Kishori Lal on 27th Feb, 1945.
My father, Late Sh. Gurbachan Ram was in service in the MES at Jallandhar Cantt. and was allotted a Govt. accommodation at 142, Hardyal Road. We were four brothers & three sisters, and after passing my matriculation examination from Punjab University, I joined an Automobile Engineering Course at the Institute of Motor Engineering London, through the British Institute of Engineering & Technology (BIET) Bombay by correspondence and completed the course. In the meantime I was in touch with Mr. Bhimsen, one of my elder brother’s friends and he introduced me to an officer of the Ml. I was captured by the Pakistani Authorities and sentenced to 12 years when on assignment in Pakistani Territory. I was later released in accordance to the Shimla Agreement in the year of 1974, on 18th Sept.
As I was a trained engineer and just 32 years old at the time of my release, I could start my life all over again. I was married in 1979 and have one daughter and one son.
At present I am working with a private firm at Ludhiana since 1979 as a commercial manager (Ralson Group of Co.)
Smoke from the incipient fires they set is quickly discovered and the fires put out. In the dramatic search for the conspirators that follows, only one of them is caught, Robert Cobb Kennedy, a captain from Louisiana. He is tried, convicted and hanged... the last rebel executed by the North before the end of the war.
The Man Who Tried to Burn New York won the Douglas Southall Freeman History Award in 1987.
Among the important revelations of this book, which set it apart from previous, passing references to this espionage collaboration, are that Erwin Respondek was one of the United States's most valuable wartime informants in Hitler's Germany, responsible for the famed Barbarossa warning sent to the State Department; that Franz Halder, the German army's chief of staff, was a major source of Respondek's information on the Germans' invasion plan for the Soviet Union; that Du Pont and the German chemical firm IG Farben maintained a secret wartime exchange of scientific findings, up until 1945; that during 1943 and 1944 the German Armaments Ministry supported research leading toward the construction of a new kind of cyclotron; that Sam Woods received from Respondek a tip-off on Japanese war plans in the Pacific; and that Pope Pius XII was peripherally involved in the resistance activities of Respondek and his Berlin-based circle. This book should appeal to students and scholars interested in Nazi Germany and World War II espionage and to a wider, nonspecialist audience as well.