Did Nazis operate in the Vale?

Historian Gordon Rogers visits a house in Bicester Road, Aylesbury - believed to have been occupied by Nazis in the war
Historian Gordon Rogers visits a house in Bicester Road, Aylesbury - believed to have been occupied by Nazis in the war

A HOUSE on Bicester Road may once have been a Nazi base visited by members of Hitler’s inner circle, according to historian Gordon Rogers – who is planning a talk on the subject to help raise cash for charity.

Mr Rogers, 80, of Long Crendon, believes Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels visited the Aylesbury house, just before the start of The Second World War.

He will be discussing what he has unearthed so far during a talk on June 15 at Hartwell House– looking at Bucks’ role in the war.

The house on Bicester Road, just down from the Royal Bucks Hospital, was built in 1937. It was intended to become a family home, but during construction its owner found another property in the country and moved there instead – and rented the Bicester Road house to some Germans.

Mr Rogers said: “For two years the rent was paid. But with the outbreak of hostilities the rent stopped and the house was abandoned, fully furnished with German furniture.” Mr Rogers strongly suspects the house had a Nazi connection because one of Hitler’s closest associates was seen nearby, just before war was declared.

He said: “A man who worked at the Firs (Winston Churchill’s secret weapons research base) in Whitchurch told me that just before the war he saw Goebbels driving though Whitchurch in the Rolls-Royce of Nubar Gulbenkian – the Iranian Oil billionaire who lived nearby. I mentioned it at a talk I gave and that prompted a person at the talk to tell me about this house on Bicester Road.”

Mr Rogers is appealing for anyone with memories of the Germans living in Bicester Road to come forward to help establish ‘why the Nazis needed a house in Aylesbury’. He said: “Someone might have seen something or remembers delivering milk there.

“There were a lot of people that were around then that are alive today.” Current owner of the house Mohammad Anwar, who has lived there for 12 years with his wife Rahana, said he was ‘quite surprised’ when Mr Rogers informed him about his research and ‘will be telling friends and family about it’. Family friend and cabinet maker David Ingrams said he could tell that there was something special about the house because of the usual joints in the woodwork, the glass door handles and luxurious walnut veneer panelling in the front room – both of which were very rare for houses of the time.

> For more about the talk, visit www.scannappeal.org.uk/events