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Tibor Kaldor came to Australia from Britain in 1940 as an undesirable Austrian born, Jewish insurance clerk.

An unwanted communist sympathiser

He was interned.

In 1948, the year he was naturalised, he was advertising himself as a Phd and soliciting students for his German language classes.
In 1948 he travelled to Adelaide and after leaving an almost impossibly under-wrought suicide note, died in a hotel room.

It’s as if he wrote it to a superior with an unshakeable and determined calm in the face of the certain fate he knew awaited him.

The unavoidable inconvenience.






Dear Sir,

I am very sorry to cause some unavoidable in –
convenience. I have decided to end my life and have
taken an overdose of sleeping tablets. The reasons
do not matter, but you will understand that nobody
would take such a decision lightly. There was no
other way out.

I suppose the formalities will be fairly simple, and
I would like to ask you, as far as it rests with you, to see
that the following arrangements are observed.

I should like to leave my body to the University
for research or teaching purposes. If this is not possible
I should like to be cremated without any ceremony.
I leave my belongings to the Red Cross if something is
left after payment of expenses.

No notifications are necessary as I have no relatives
and have informed a friend in London myself. I
should be particularly grateful if you could prevent the
incident getting in to the press as far as this is possible.

I am enclosing one pound for my hotel expenses
and 10/- sh for distribution to the chambermaid and
others to whom I may cause inconvenience.

Page 2.
I think this covers about everything. Once more
sincere apologies for the unpleasantness and best?
thanks for the trouble you are taking.

Yours Faithfully

T Kaldor

5 Comments Post a comment
  1. ellen #

    I just finished reading a book by Anthony Summers, The Secret Worlds of Stephen Ward, on the fiftieth anniversary of the Profumo affair. Stephen Ward’s death was similar to Tibor’s. Only (it seemed) Stephen left many suicide letters, all of the under-wrought variety. Summers posits that Ward was murdered. A known assassin duped him into taking too many sleeping pills. The letters provide a “case closed” to any inquiry.
    Let’s face it. The cops weren’t going to get a handwriting expert to prove the letter was Tibor’s.
    The murderer could have learned something from SM’s death. If he had had a note, no inquest would have been needed. (Not much was known about lividity among the common folk.)

    November 25, 2016
  2. Well…Someone may have suppressed a proper investigation but someone else ordered a bust and an inquest. Lots of politics here. I forget. Who ordered the bust?

    November 26, 2016
  3. The authorities ordered the bust, Misca, the platoons of faceless men and women who have staffed our federal and state institutions for centuries.
    And in South Australia, where deeper secrets lay hidden.

    November 26, 2016
  4. ellen #

    I hadn’t realized that Venona identified Maclean and therefore Burgess as early as 1949.

    November 27, 2016
  5. John sanders #

    Misca: but not our Joy thank God, and not ‘sharp Tony. God save The Queen.

    December 1, 2016

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