Lot 482

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FRITZ KUHN (1896 - 1951) German Nazi activist who served as elected leader of the German American Bund before World War II. He became a naturalized United States citizen in 1934, but his citizenship was cancelled in 1943 owing to his status as a foreign agent of the Nazi government, and he was deported in 1945. Important contemporary document, an original typed carbon copy of Kuhn's indictment for embezzlement from the Bund, signed in type by District Attorney Thomas E. Dewey. This grand jury indictment, 12pp. legal folio, was issued in New York on May 25, 1939, at the prompting of New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, who ordered the city to investigate the Bund's taxes. It was found that Kuhn had embezzled over $14,000 from the organization, spending part of the money on a mistress. The document spells out the charges against Kuhn, 12 counts of various degrees of grand larceny and forgery, briefly spelling out the case against the Nazi for each charge. The document originates from the scrapbook of journalist and undercover FBI operative GUENTHER REINHARDT (1904-1968) and is sold with additional important documents from his estate. These include: an admission card to a meeting of the 'American People's Meeting' in New York, April 5 [n.y.], a membership card for the 'National Renaissance Party' with his pseudonym 'George Rein', the organization being a violent American neo-fascist group founded in 1949; a letter from Reinhardt's doctor describing the injuries he received while covering a 'Nazi celebration' in New York, Apr. 20, 1938; partial news clippings, and an unrelated 5 x 4 in. b/w photo of a heap of bodies at an unknown concentration camp. The indictment is in fine condition, the Reinhardt ephemera has multiple tape stains and some loss.

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January 25, 2023 10:00 AM EST
Chesapeake City, MD, US

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