Helias Doundoulakis


Portrait of Helias Doundoulakis.


Letter acknowledging service signed by William Donovan, founder of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).


Letter from President Harry Truman.

The history of espionage is an ancient one. In his manual on warfare, How To Survive Under Siege written in the 4th century B.C.E. Aeneas Tacitus says that the spy is the most important member of the army, because secrets are more powerful than swords. 


Photograph of Helias Doundoulakis.

This is the story of Helias Doundoulakis: a Greek American whose work as a spy during the Second World War helped insure Greek liberation and American victory. Helias’s story is also the story of America’s first national intelligence agency. A story of Cretan Resistance fighters and British adventurers. A story rooted in both the American and Hellenic spirit, because it is a story about the fight for freedom--and how to win it.