04 May The Secret of Otto Maier
At the headquarters of the US Military Intelligence Service, experts succeeded in decoding Japan’s so called Purple Code. When one thinks about cryptography or encryption in World War II, the first thing that comes to mind is the Enigma Machine. What many people don’t know is that upon the trust of Hitler and other German officials, Japanese Baron Hiroshi Oshima bought a commercial Enigma Machine from the Germans in hopes of developing a new version for the Japanese. This effort resulted in the creation of a new “enigma machine,” code-named “Red” by the US. The Purple Cipher was one of the most complex and well developed cryptographic methods of its time, and it was eventually cracked. The US Military Intelligence Service also managed to decode many texts and ancient cryptic documents and parchments from the Ahnenerbe archives. One by one, the codes were cracked, but one file, the notes of a German scientist by the name of Otto Maier stubbornly defies all attempts to decode it. It seems it’s the only code they’re unable to crack. What’s hidden in Otto Maier’s records? Why did he encrypt his researches? Where exactly was Maier when he vanished in a puff and can his personal diaries help to decipher his work and his secret B153 research and development files? Do they really hold the key to decrypt his mysterious, enigmatic work?