Documentary | English | 53 minutes
The Codebreaker reveals the fascinating story of Elizebeth Smith Friedman, the legendary groundbreaking cryptanalyst. Her painstaking work to decode thousands of messages for the U.S.government helped her identify several Nazi spy rings in South America during World War II. By breaking the Nazi codes, Elizebeth and her crew were able to transmit the location of U-boats in the Atlantic. Her remarkable contributions would be revealed decades after her death when secret government files were unsealed. Together with her husband, the equally legendary cryptologist William Friedman, Elizebeth helped develop the powerful new science of cryptology and laid the foundation for modern codebreaking. After the war, Elizebeth cared for her husband as he suffered bouts of depression that required hospitalizations.
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THE CODEBREAKER delivers an irresistible picture of Elizebeth Smith Friedman’s life and career in all its complexity–a suburban wife, mother, and a skilled cryptanalyst.
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