Farago, Ladislas (1906-1980)

The Ladislas Farago collection consists of manuscripts, research files, audio, printed material, correspondence, photographs, and other items.

Manuscripts for books by Farago include drafts, research documents, letters, notes, and other ancillary documents. Books represented include Patton: Ordeal and Triumph (1964); The Broken Seal: The Story of Operation Magic and the Pearl Harbor Disaster (1967); The Game of the Foxes: The Untold Story of German Espionage in the United States and Great Britain during World War II (1972); Aftermath: Martin Bormann and the Fourth Reich (1974); and several unpublished and/or unfinished works, including The Secret American: The Lives and Times of John Edgar Hoover; The Secret American: The Political Biography of J. Edgar Hoover (1980), The Gempp Papers; Kennedy and Chappaquiddick; A Time to Die, about Patton; and The Mad, Mad World of Heinrich Himmler, written with Herbert John.

Manuscripts for other works by Farago include an outline for a screenplay adaptation of The Game of the Foxes, by Farago and Hollis Alpert; a play adaptation of Ordeal and Triumph ; outlines for a musical titled Madame Spy ; a teleplay titled The Plot ; and several book outlines, book reviews, fragments, notebooks, notes, and ideas.

Manuscripts by others in the collection includes a complete draft of the memoir The FBI Pyramid from the Inside, by W. Mark Felt (1980), outlines for Woman Alone, by Farago’s wife, Liesel Farago; bound galleys of Shadow of a Broken Man, by George C. Chesbro (1977); Erich Erdstein’s narration of his pursuit of Josef Mengele; a copy of Nemesis: The Off-the-Record Memoirs of William A. Branigan, edited with comments and notes by Farago; and various other miscellaneous items.

Research files in the collection are extensive, covering numerous subjects. Much of this material is not in English. The material in the files generally falls under the topics of World War II, the Nazis, espionage and intelligence, and Farago’s writings. Prominent subjects include the Abwehr, Martin Mormann, Wilhelm Canaris, Pearl Harbor, the Gempp papers, J. Edgar Hoover, George Patton, projects and writing ideas, Kim Philby, Martin Luther King, the FBI, the HUAC hearings, Joseph Mengele, Herbert O. Yardley, and various other topics. Also present are numerous photocopied documents of the Abwehr (with some handwritten notes by Farago) and several notebooks regarding spies and espionage.

Audio recordings in the collection primarily consist of cassettes of interviews conducted for research on Aftermath. Other recordings (some on reel-to-reel tapes) include interviews with Nikolaus Ritter (an Abwehr officer) and Willie Sutton, and a lecture Farago gave in Suffield.

Printed material in the collection includes reviews and publicity (1966-1980) as well as various articles and clippings, some by Farago (1960-1982).

Correspondence in the collection dates from 1943 to 1984, and covers all aspects of Farago’s life and career. Notable figures from the fields of espionage and intelligence include Allen W. Dulles, W. Mark Felt, Hermann J. Giskes, Michael Graf von Soltikow, J. Edgar Hoover, Hermann J. A. Kempf, Phillip Knightley, Arthur Nicholson (writing as “John Whitwell”), Conrad O’Brien-ffrench, Dusko Popov, Oscar Reile, Nikolaus Ritter, Thomas A. Robertson, William C. Sullivan, and Herbert Wichmann. Other notable correspondents include Max Ascoli, Saul Bellow, George W. Bicknell, George Binney, Arnold Brackman, William F. Buckley, Jr., Hodding Carter III, Henry C. Clausen, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Barry Goldwater, Harry H. Harper, Jr., David Irving, Michael V. Korda, Isaac Don Levine, David E. Lilienthal, John Masterman, Margaret Mead, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Mike Nichols, Richard M. Nixon, Richard Pankhurst, Claiborne Pell, Harry H. Ransom, James Reston, Abraham Ribicoff, William Safire, Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., George C. Scott, Rex Stout, William Styron, William F. Sutton, Ruth Ellen Patton Totten (daughter of George Patton), Hugh R. Trevor-Roper, Benjamin Varon, Barbara Walters, Jann Wenner.

Photographs in the collection includes images of Farago, his family and his friends, primarily from the 1970s. Other photographs in the collection include prints regarding Aftermath and other Nazi-related subjects; prints and slides regarding Edward Kennedy and Chappaquiddick; and various other photos.

Other material in the collection includes diaries, datebooks and phone logs from the 1960s and 1970s; the George Washington Award, from the American Hungarian Foundation (1971); financial material; legal material; and various miscellaneous items.

Please note that Farago’s large collection of microfilmed documents, 239 rolls total taken from the U.S. National Archives series “World War II Collection of Sealed Enemy Records” and 5 rolls relating to the Japanese military in World War II, is accessible in the microforms area of the Mugar Memorial Library. Please refer to the catalog.

Notable Figures
1. Farago, Ladislas
Associated Subjects
1. Journalism Subject Guide
2. Military History Subject Guide
3. Espionage Subject Guide
4. Authors, Hungarian.
5. Hungarian literature – Foreign countries – 20th century
6. World War, 1939-1945
7. Book reviews
8. American literature--20th century
9. International relations
10. Espionage