Season 3

A Polite Word for Liar
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An early morning raid, a house-full of Nazis, the world’s greatest harmonica player, and a dashingly handsome undercover spy. What could possibly go wrong?

One early morning in July of 1945, a group of Allied soldiers raided a rooming house full of Nazis in Munich. It ended in a ferocious gun battle. Or maybe this happened April of 1946. And maybe there weren’t Nazis in the house: maybe there were just some old women, knitting. And was there actually a gun battle? For the rest of their lives, two of the men who were there — a dashingly handsome undercover spy, and the world’s most famous harmonica player — argued about what really happened that night. This is part one of two episodes about memory, in which we try to get to the bottom of the mystery.