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Irv Refkin, Brash Accidental Spy in World War II, Dies at 96 | The New York Times
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Irv Refkin, Brash Accidental Spy in World War II, Dies at 96 | The New York Times

Irv Refkin, an impromptu but daring spy who served the United States and Britain as a saboteur, assassin and courier behind enemy lines in Europe during World War II, died on Thursday at his home in San Diego. He was 96.

His death was confirmed by a friend, Vera Davis.

Dispatched from England, Mr. Refkin, a scrappy 5-foot-6 Wisconsin native, was said to have smuggled explosives to the French Resistance in Paris, infiltrated Nazi Germany to kill specific targets integral to the Nazi war machine, and sabotaged train tracks to slow the deployment of German tanks to Normandy before the Allied invasion on D-Day.

Source: Irv Refkin, Brash Accidental Spy in World War II, Dies at 96 | The New York Times