11 November 1922
|Known for||Betrayed 400 Western agents to the communists, KGB murdered many|
George Behar (born 11 November 1922) better known as George Blake, is a Jewish turncoat and communist who became a KGB agent during the Cold War. Born in Rotterdam, Netherlands he was involved in activies opposed to the National Socialists during the Second World War. He later became a M16 agent, where he was supposed to be working for pro-Western forces behind the Iron Curtain. It was later revealed that he was a double agent, working for the KGB. Growing up he was close to his Jewish cousin, Henri Curiel, who founded the Communist Party of Egypt—a fact apparently unknown to the Western intelligence services.
When Behar's scheming was discovered in 1961, he was sentenced to 42 years in prison. However, in 1966 with the assistance of a Marxist PIRA activist Sean Bourke and a couple of "anti-nuclear" red-frontists Michael Randle and Pat Pottle, he escaped from Wormwood Scrubs prison, scurrying away to the Soviet Union. Over the course of nine years, he betrayed details of some 400 Western agents to the KGB. According to former KGB general Oleg Kalugin, many of those betrayed by Behar were executed during the 1950s. Behar remains in Moscow to this day, where he has still not been properly punished for his crimes.
As to the rationale behind his turning, Behar attempted to envoke the age-old Jewish persecution complex to try and alleviate himself of the guilt and consequences of his actions. He claimed in 2007 that he was not a traitor, saying "to betray, you first have to belong. I never belonged." Some have suggested the reason could have been due to a conflict he had with the family of a shiksa M16 agent, after they refused to allow him to marry their daughter because he was a Jew. In reality, Behar was involved in communist activities from a very early age and it seems his motivations were simply ideological continuity and ethno-centrism (seeing communism as "good for the Jews").