The art historian and the spy: the diverging and convering paths of the Heckscher brothers

Henry Hecksher, the CIA officer at the center of this project, and his brother William S. Heckscher took somewhat different paths out of Germany, and their professional lives took very different courses. They even spelled their last names differently. And yet they always seemed to end up in the same place: Princeton, New Jersey. A … Continue reading The art historian and the spy: the diverging and convering paths of the Heckscher brothers

Immigration record shows our protagonist’s prior name

On September 8, 1939, Henry Hecksher walked into the US District Court at Trenton, New Jersey, and declared his intention to become a US citizen. But he was not yet Henry Hecksher -- at least not officially. He even spelled his surname differently than we know it now. Through this document, we learn our protagonist's … Continue reading Immigration record shows our protagonist’s prior name

A story told briefly at death

Our central character, Henry D. Hecksher, died on March 28, 1990, in a hospital in Princeton, New Jersey, as a result of complications from Parkinson's disease. The New York Times covered his death in a three-paragraph obituary the next day, giving us a very brief sketch of his life that nonetheless hints at a peripatetic … Continue reading A story told briefly at death