DUQUESNE SPY RING AND ITS MEMBERS’ CRIME, PART FIVE
Paul Bante is a native of Germany and served in the German Army during the First World War. Bante came to the U. S. in 1930 and became a naturalized United States citizen in 1938.
He is previously a member of the German-American Bund, claimed that Germany put him in contact with one of their operatives, Paul Fehse, because of Bante’s preceding association with a Dr. Ignatz T. Griebl. Before escaping to Germany to avoid trial, Dr. Griebl had been implicated in a Nazi spy ring with Guenther Gustave Rumrich, who was prosecuted on spying charges in 1938.
Bante helped Paul Fehse in receiving information about ships’ bond for Britain with war supplies and materials. Bante claimed that as an associate of the Gestapo, his role was to establish discontent among union workers, saying that every strike would help Germany.
Bante met Sebold at the Little Casino Restaurant, frequented by some associates of this spy ring. During one meeting, Bante said that he was preparing a fuse bomb, and he then delivered detonation and dynamite caps to Sebold.
Pleading guilty to violation of the Registration Act, Bante was sentenced to serve one year and half years in confinement and was fined $1,000.
Max Blank is a native of Germany. From Germany, he came to the U. S. in 1928. Blank didn’t become a United States citizen. However, he had been recruited in New York City at a German library and at a book store that catered to German trade.
Paul Fehse, a significant figure, in this case, notified Germany that Blank, who was known with several associates of the spy ring, could get some valuable information but short the funds to do so. Eventually, Blank and Fehse met with Sebold in his office. They informed Sebold that Blank could receive information about rubberized self-sealing airplane gasoline tanks, and a new braking gadget for airplanes, from a pal who worked in a shipyard. However, he needed some money to secure the details.
Blank entered a plea of guilty to violation of the Registration Act. He was sentenced to serve one and a half years in detention and a $1,000 fine.
ALFRED E. BROKHOFFT
Alfred E. Brokhofft came to the U. S. in 1923. He is a native of Germany but became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1929. Brokhoff was a mechanic for the U. S. Lines in New York City for almost two decades before his apprehension. Due to his employment on the docks, he knew nearly all of the other agents in this posse who were working as seamen on different ships.
He assisted Fehse to get details about the sailing dates and cargoes of vessels intended for England. Brokhoff also helped Fehse in sending this information to Germany. Another German officer, George V. Leo Waalen, reported that he had obtained details from Brokhoff for transmittal to Germany.
Upon trial, Brokhoff was sentenced to five years in detention for violation of the spying statutes and served two years concurrent sentence for violation of the Registration Act.
To be continued
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