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Forum talk on WWII spies at Amos Fortune Forum

The Amos Fortune Forum continues its season on Friday with a talk by Susan Heuck Allen on “Indiana Jones? Classical Archeologist Spies Against the Nazis in World War II Greece.”

Does truth lurk behind the cinema blockbuster Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark ? Susan Heuck Allen’s latest book, “Classical Spies,” is the first insider account of an archaeologist-led secret American intelligence service in World War II Greece.

This network drew on scholars’ personal contacts and knowledge of languages and terrain and involved such unacademic pursuits as burying Athenian dig records in an Egyptian tomb, activating prep school connections to establish spies code-named Vulture and Chickadee, and organizing parachute drops.

Based in Egypt, Cyprus, Turkey and Italy, the diggers fought to rid Greece of its Nazi occupiers. Dr. Allen conducted extensive in-person interviews, shadowed spies, and sleuthed in archives on three continents to piece together this true account of intrigue and espionage, the “extracurricular” activities of her professors’ generation during and after the Second World War.

Dr. Allen earned an AB in history from Smith and an MA and PhD in classical archaeology from the University of Cincinnati and Brown University respectively. She excavated in Cyprus, Israel, Turkey and Greece. A visiting scholar in the Department of Classics at Brown University, she has taught at Yale University and Smith College and in the Department of History, Philosophy, and Social Science at the Rhode Island School of Design.

In 1999 she addressed the forum on her first book, “Finding the Walls of Troy: Frank Calvert and Heinrich Schliemann at Hisarlik.”

She and her family spend summers in Harrisville on Silver Lake.

The forum begins at 8 p.m. at the Jaffrey Center Meetinghouse with a reception following. The talk is free but donations are appreciated.

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