|Willi (Willy) Lehmann|
|March 15, 1884 – December 1942|
|Place of birth||Leipzig, Germany|
|Place of death||Berlin
cremated Sachsenhausen concentration camp
|Years of service||Germany 1911-1942
Lehrmann joined the Berlin police force in 1911. In 1920 he became deputy division chief of anti-espionage. In 1929 Lehmann began providing information for the NKVD. He did this not out of Communist sympathy, but because he was married, also had a girlfriend, and needed money. In addition, he had a fondness for betting on horses.
In 1933 Lehmann joined the Gestapo. The NKVD code name for the Gestapo was Apotheke (pharmacy). In the Gestapo Lehmann became director of the division combating Soviet espionage. Thanks to Lehmann’s information, the Soviets were able to free their agent Arnold Deutsch, who before recruited Kim Philby. 
Lehmann entered the SS in 1934. Toward the end of June, Hermann Göring asked Lehmann to help organize the Röhm Putsch to liquidate opponents of the regime. Lehmann later told the NKVD that the murders he committed during the Night of the Long Knives sickened him. But at the same time they solidified his position with his Gestapo superiors.
In 1939 Lehmann transferred to the Reich Main Security Office, division IV. His responsibility was to prevent the Soviets from spying on the German defense industry. This position enabled Lehmann to provide valuable information to the Soviets about German armaments. On 19 June 1941, Lehmann reported to the NKVD the exact date on which the Germans planned to invade the Soviet Union. Operation Barbarossa was launched on 22 June 1941. His message was telegraphed to Berija and Stalin, who noted in green ink "desinformation" on Lehmann's intelligence report.