Schorreck Lecture, Armed Forces Day, Rare German Book, & More
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May 2013: Issue #17
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HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
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Dr. Peter W. Donovan
 
The Center for Cryptologic History will host the 2013 Henry F. Schorreck Memorial Lecture on 23-24 May in the Magic Room of the National Cryptologic Museum. The guest speaker this year is Dr. Peter W. Donovan, of the Department of Mathematics, University of New South Wales, Australia. Dr. Donovan is a renowned expert in several subfields of mathematics, as well as in cryptologic history. He has conducted some of the most innovative work to date on the Allied effort to break Japanese encipherment systems in use during WWII. Dr. Donovan will present two separate lectures detailing the cipher war in the Pacific. The talks are free and open to the public.
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The NCMF has completed the purchase of a very rare German language book on cryptology from a private European seller. The book, Die Geheimschriften und die Dechiffrierkunst (Secret Writing and the Art of Deciphering), was written by Major Friedrich Wilhelm Kasiski and is believed to be the first published account of a procedure for attacking polyalphabetic substitution ciphers, especially the Vignere cipher. There are only a few known copies of the book in museums and a few in the hands of collectors. 

Interesting Note: When Frank Rowlett reported to work as the first junior cryptanalyst in the Signal Service at Large on 1 April 1930, William Friedman told him the best book on cryptography and cryptanalysis was in German and since Rowlett had studied German, Friedman gave him a copy of the Kasiski book.

 

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New Acquisition for NCM -
Kasiski book on Cryptology
 
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The Submarine in a 'Vegetable Patch'
Secret Code Revealed in PoW's Letters Home
 
 
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War Hero, John Pryor
 
After 70 years, a British PoW's letters sent home to family were discovered to contain coded messages meant to help the Allies. Sub-Lieutenant John Pryor sent the letters home from a German prison camp to his parents with seemingly innocent comments about topics such as gardening. The letters contained a complex alpha-numeric code that was only recently deciphered by academics. In one letter he conveyed information about the sinking of a British submarine via comments about the camp's vegetable garden.
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NCM Armed Forces Day Celebration 

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Come out to the National Cryptologic   Museum on 
18 May from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. to celebrate Armed Forces Day. Enjoy a performance by the Volunteers (pictured here) between 1:30 and 3:25. The Volunteers are talented group of soldier-musicians who perform a variety of musical styles.

Tours of the museum will run every 30 minutes and hourly presentations starting at 10 a.m. will include a briefing about NSA, a peek at rare artifacts, & a chance to talk with Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, and Airmen. The NCMF will also present information about plans for a NEW museum! Tours and talks will pause during the Volunteers' performance. Stay tuned to the NCM & NCMF Facebook page for updates.

More Upcoming Events
  • Spy Cruise on the Queen Mary II with Intelligence Expert & AFIO Board Member Nigel West: 31 May to 12 June. More info HERE.
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The NCMF serves to support the National Cryptologic Museum's objectives of educating the public regarding cryptology's role in national security; commemorating those who have made significant contributions to the field, and stimulating visitors' interest, as well as young people's interest in career fields that are essential to the success of agencies such as the National Security Agency.

www.cryptologicfoundation.org
P.O. Box 1682, Fort George G. Meade, MD, USA 20755-9998  Phone: 301-688-5436
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