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My Daddy the Spy

Barbara Bensoussan

Many a child wonders what his father does all day — and usually, he eventually finds out. But over 40 years after her father's CIA career ended, few people know what Linda Goldfarb's father did each day to protect the US during the Cold War.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Linda Goldfarb grew up with a spy. At the peak of the Cold War, Linda’s father Samuel Markovitz z”l conducted undercover work for the CIA, sometimes running out in the middle of the night or jetting off to mysterious locations. Nevertheless, he was noJamesBond. “My father was the person you’d least expect to be a spy!” exclaimsLinda, today a grandmother who lives in an Upper West Side apartment with her husbandRichard, a physician. “He was a humble man who shunned the limelight, a real intellectual who loved Yiddishkeit and reading.”Mr.Markovitz was working for the Army at an arsenal when World War II broke out. When he was drafted, his command of languages led to a placement in the Armed Services Training Program (ASTP). It was followed by an assignment to the Foreign Documents Division (FDD), later the Office of Special Services (OSS), a precursor of the CIA. After working in Korea and Washington, D.C. Mr. Markovitz was stationed with his family in Frankfurt am Main, in a divided Germany, from 1959 to 1961 and 1963 to 1968.

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