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Rudolf Staritz
Abwehr radio operator - this page is a stub

Oskar Friedrich Rudolf 1 (Rudi) Staritz (Ziegenrück, 11 December 1921 - Bamberg, 24 July 2021), was an Electronics Engineer (German: Dpl. Ing.) and amateur radio operator with callsign DL3CS. During World War II (WWII) he worked for the Abwehr, were he was a wireless radio operator and helped with the development of German spy radio sets. After the war, he worked for the German Post Office (Bundespost), collected spy radios sets and published many articles on the subject.

In November 2019, he was the guest of honour at our exhibition Secret Communications 3 in Duivendrecht (Netherlands). In the image on the right he inspects an extremely rare German cipher machine, the SG-41 (Hitlermuhle) — the machine that was intended to replace Enigma.

As the last living eye witness who worked on and with the German spy radio sets during WWII, Rudi Staritz died on 24 July 2021 at the respectable age of 99.

  1. Most of his first names were unknown, even to his closest relatives [1].

  1. Abwehrfunk - Funkabwehr
    Rudolf Staritz. Bamberg (Germany), 1 April 2018.
     Publication details
     Background information

  2. Der Geheime Funkmeldedienst der deutschen Abwehr in Norwegen
    Also published in Hallo Hallo (Norway). Bamberg, 1988.

  3. Das Funknetz der deutschen Abwehr
    Early publication. Undated.

  4. Havelinstitut- Die Funkzentrale des Auslandsnachrichtendienstes des RSHA (SD Amt VI)
    Rudolf Staritz et al., January 1997. 2 pages (German).
  1. Arthur Bauer, Rudi's Corner
    1 October 2021, updated 12 October 2021.
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