Wilhelm Hoettl

Wilhelm Hoettl, an Austrian by origin, joined the German Secret Service, the political intelligence service built by Himmler and Heydrich, in 1938 and held important posts throughout the Balkans and Italy as chief liaison officer with foreign intelligence organisations. Hoettl was personally responsible for the abduction of Ciano from Allied-held Rome, and at the end of the war was involved in the desperate German peace-campaigns.