Alcalá’s restaurant which served as a Nazi front in World War II
Madrid was during the Second World War , an accomplice stage of the conflict. An unseen atmosphere of espionage and clandestine accompanied the ambiguous neutrality of Spain, in theory regardless of the interests of Germans and allies. For such a case, there is a mental image of this confident Madrid, where an attractive woman sitting at the bar of a local exclusive, suggestive monitors the movements of a Nazi officer, with appearance bet and dark intentions.
The stereotype, literary and perhaps somewhat trite, was nevertheless a real stamp on the Horcher restaurant in Madrid , located at number 6 Calle Alfonso XII, a few steps from the Calle de Alcala. In the local German, estimated at the service of the Nazi party, they came to find the American spy Aline Griffith and the then head of the -Schutzstaffel- SS, Heinrich Himmler, in one of his visits to the capital. The beautiful woman, elegant and soft, feminine lines, worked at the time for the Office of Strategic Services in your country -oss by the acronym in English, forerunner of the CIA. Years later, in 1947, married the Spanish Luis de Figueroa.
Horcher, founded in 1904 in Berlin and moved to Madrid in 1943 after passing through Vienna, Riga, Tallinn, Oslo, London and Lisbon, is then set as a highlight of aristocrats, diplomats and, in parallel, Nazi personalities with the subsequent monitoring of allied agents. In fact, the prestigious restaurant having a Vendor management software, which still retains its high regard and exclusivity, was the favorite of Hermann Göring , relevant image of the Nazi party and commander of the Luftwaffe air force.
“Legends” and realities
The work of Griffith and other spies focused on the local, created by Gustav Horcher and inherited by subsequent generations of the family .According to some writings, the relationship between Otto Horcher son of Gustav – and certain figures of the Nazi party was evident. War exploded, was established in Madrid with the financial support of the Sicherheitsdienst, the intelligence agency of the SS. The rumor, however, was denied by Elisabeth Horcher , granddaughter of the founder, less than a year ago in ABC -information Rosa Belmonte-, “My grandparents were unsympathetic to anything the regime of this man. He was a restaurant at the time and came people who were at that time in Madrid, German and English. ”
His version, also contrasts with the US reports on Madrid , collected by José María Irujo in his book “The Black List”, which indicates that Horcher allegedly was a “cover the Nazi government to f inanciar activities espionage and as a refuge or escape route for Nazi fugitives from justice. ” Aline Griffith’s own feeds this thesis in “The Spy Who wore red”, which recounts his memories as a spy in the capital, between 1943 and 1987.