Prosper Dezitter

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Prosper Dezitter
Born (1893-12-09)December 9, 1893
Passendale, Belgium
Died September 17, 1948(1948-09-17) (aged 54)
Cause of death Executed
Nationality Belgium Belgian
Other names
  • Prosper de Zitter
  • "the man with the missing finger"
Known for Nazi infiltrator

Prosper Dezitter (also known as Prosper de Zitter,[1] alias "the man with the missing finger") was a Belgian collaborator with Nazi Germany in World War II.[1]

Dezitter was born in Passendale in 1893. In May 1913 he fled to Canada after being convicted of rape and sentenced to three years in prison. In 1918, he briefly joined the newly-formed Royal Air Force, but his enlistment ended after a few months with the ending of World War 1. He returned to Belgium in 1926, where he worked as a car salesman, but spent six years in prison for embezzlement and escroqueries au marriage - "marriage fraud".[2]

During the German occupation of Belgium during World War II, Dezitter was able to pose as a Royal Canadian Air Force airman on the run.[3] Calling himself "Captain Jackson" he infiltrated a resistance group led by Marcel Demonceau. He also ran an escape line for downed allied airmen, which was in reality a ruse to capture them and members of the resistance.[1] Dezitter worked for money, and was paid a bonus for each Allied flier he helped capture.[3]

After World War 2, Dezitter was arrested in Germany, extradited to Belgium, and condemned to death. He was executed at Ixelles on 17 September 1948.[4]

The National Archives in London hold two files of papers on Dezitter, reference KV 2/1732 and KV 2/1733.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "German Intelligence Agents and Suspected Agents". The National Archives. Retrieved 17 August 2012. 
  2. ^ Clinch, John. "Prosper Dezitter". www.belgiumww2info.net - Escape Line Research and Remembrance. Retrieved 23 March 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Jean-Michel Veranneman (30 September 2014). Belgium in the Second World War. Pen and Sword. p. 124. ISBN 978-1-78337-607-0. 
  4. ^ "Hardy Amies and Operation Ratweek". Secret War. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 

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