Assassination attempt on von Papen in Istanbul?

Oct 2015
922
Norway
#1
I heard on a podcast that one of the attempts on James Bond's life in the novel "Casino Royal" (1953) was based on a Soviet assassination attempt on the German politician Frans von Papen in Istanbul. I haven't heard about this before and I haven't found anyrhing online either. If it was like the attack in the novel it should involve one or more bombs and the bombers blowing themselves up by accident.
Can anyone tell me more about this? Who were the attackers and what organisation were they working for? When did this happen? WHAT happened?
 
Oct 2015
922
Norway
#2
I found it myself. A man tried to throw a bomb at von Papen and his wife in 1942 when he was the German ambasador in Turkey. It happened in Ankara, not Istanbul, that's why I couldn't find it earlier. The bomber blew himself to bits. According to the German wikipedia entry the Soviet NKVDwas behind the assassination attempt:

When von Papen left the ambassador's residence in Ankara on February 24, 1942, a bomb exploded next to him. But he was unhurt. [34] Only five decades later, after a sighting of Soviet archives, details became known: behind the assassination stood the Soviet secret service NKVD. One of the assassins was the emigrated Russian writer Mark Lewi, who had published under the pseudonym M. Agejew in Paris emigrant publishers. After the assassination he was able to settle in the Soviet Union, while also involved in the assassination Soviet diplomat was arrested by the Turkish authorities (translated by Google)


VON PAPEN ESCAPES A BOMB IN ANKARA; Envoy and Wife Are Thrown to Pavement by Blast While on Boulevard Stroll TERRORIST BLOWN TO BITS Two Britons Seized in Istanbul in Hunt for Authors of Anti-Nazi Leaflets
 
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stevev

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Apr 2017
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Las Vegas, NV USA
#3
Von Papen had nine lives. In 1916 he was military attache in the Washington, DC embassy. He was a suspect in the bombing of an arsenal in New Jersey. The explosion broke windows across the river in New York City. Because of diplomatic immunity, the US could only expel him. He survived his close association with Hitler. and the postwar War Crime trials. He died in 1969.
 
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stevev

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Apr 2017
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Von Papen had nine lives.
One correction and one addition: He was expelled from the US in 1915. He later served on the Western Front as a battalion commander and, of course, survived. The "Black Tom" explosion took place in 1916 after von Papen was expelled but he was a suspect in its planning.
 
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Oct 2015
922
Norway
#5
I know it's been speculated that it was a "false flag" operation, but I don't think it was. Von Papen and his wife were near the explosion and he got his eardrum punctured. That's a lot of risk for a false flag, standing that close to an explosion . There was also a Turkish investigation and trial that concluded it was a real assassination attempt. The Soviet Secret servises killed political oponents outside their borders even in peacetime, and in 1942 Germany and the USSR were at war. It's very likely it was a real assassination attempt.