Code Breaker and Author Annette Salvesen to Speak at the Library

November 14, 2012

On Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Author Annette Salvesenwill appear at the Palm Springs Public Library at 6:00 p.m.  Ms. Salvesen will discuss her book, “Sworn to Secrecy: World War II” which chronicles her story of being a code breaker at the Bletchley Park facility in England.

In 1944, during World War II, Annette Salvesen vowed never to discuss her work decoding messages from British intelligence agents stationed in Germany. Her book details her time at Bletchley Park, the highly secretive Government Code and Cypher School in Buckinghamshire, England. According to historical accounts, the high-level intelligence produced at Bletchley Park shortened the War in Germany by at least two years and saved millions of lives.

While Salvesen worked with messages from intelligence agents, other areas worked to crack messages sent within the German military through the “Enigma” cipher machine – a device the Nazis believed produced unbreakable codes. The decoders’ work helped strategic planning in some of the War’s biggest military operations. Knowing the enemy’s whereabouts before an attack was critical.

Prime Minister Winston Churchill praised the efforts – and the discretion – of the Bletchley staff, referring to the dedicated workers as “The geese that laid the golden eggs and never cracked.”

She will share her story and read from select passages of her book. The lecture is FREE and open to the public, but seating is limited.  The lecture will be presented in The Learning Center at the Library.