“We extend our thoughts and prayers to the family and loved ones of Doris Bohrer,” said an agency spokesperson. “Her many achievements and storied life are an inspiration to all and particularly so to those of us at CIA.”
Growing up in Maryland, Doris Bohrer’s dream was to be a pilot, but after taking the civil service exam she settled for typist when the OSS called. Soon she’d been dispatched to the Adriatic coast to analyze aerial photographs of concentration camps and plan troop drops. She was 21.
“It was like looking at the world with a magnifying glass,” she said. “It was a little challenge trying to figure out what the Germans were doing, where they were sending the railroad cars, what they were picking up, what they were manufacturing in the factories, how many airplanes were on the airfields.”
The analysts also wanted to confirm suspicions that the Nazis were shipping civilians to concentration camps. “We were trying to find them, and we did,” said Bohrer. “But there wasn’t anything we could do about it.”
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