A return to America

By this time already working for the US intelligence service, Henry Hecksher arrived by ship in New York on March 14, 1948.

The first class dining room on the Nieuw Amsterdam is seen in an undated image. Photo: Wikipedia/Public Domain

He was one of 26 American citizens travelling in first class from Amsterdam on the SS Nieuw Amsterdam, the storied ocean liner operated by Holland America Line.

At this point, we already know from our timeline that Hecksher has been working as the OSS head of counterintelligence in Berlin.

The passenger manifest for the Nieuw Amsterdam tells us a few details.

For instance, we learn that the 37-year-old Hecksher has listed Princeton, New Jersey, as his US address, but care of a bank. He is listed as still single.

We also learn that he became a citizen on May 19, 1942, in a federal court in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Another ship’s record showed Hecksher arriving in New York again on January 28, 1954.

This time, he was travelling on the SS United States from Southampton in Great Britain. His address is listed as the US Department of State. He had three bags and was again travelling first class.

The passenger manifest of the Nieuw Amsterdam shows Hecksher arriving in New York. Image: FamilySearch
A passenger list from the USS United States shows Henry Hecksher arriving in New York in 1954.

Sources

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QSQ-G94V-T96V?cc=1923888&wc=MFKH-ZM9%3A1030175401 : 25 November 2014), 7560 – vol 16118-16120, Mar 13, 1948 > image 289 of 807; citing NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

“New York, New York Passenger and Crew Lists, 1909, 1925-1957,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-L94P-FSN2?cc=1923888&wc=MFKD-B29%3A1030298101 : 3 October 2015), 8415 – vol 18397-18398, Jan 28, 1954 > image 356 of 1175; citing NARA microfilm publication T715 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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