Following in his father’s footsteps … at first

Our protagonist, the late CIA officer Henry Hecksher, initially followed his father into a career in the law. In Elizabeth Sears' journal article “The Life and Work of William H. Heckscher”, which is centered on Henry's art historian brother, we learn that Siegfried Heckscher was a lawyer at the law firm Monckeberg & Heckscher. We've already … Continue reading Following in his father’s footsteps … at first

The start of a Heckscher family portrait

Our hunt for information on the life of our protagonist, CIA officer Henry Hecksher, again takes us to his brother, acclaimed art historian William Heckscher. In a journal article entitled "The Life and Work of William H. Heckscher", fellow art historian Elizabeth Sears mentioned Henry only once. But we learn some details of the background … Continue reading The start of a Heckscher family portrait

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

Death record provides a birthday

Here at the starting point, we're going to try to establish some basic information about Henry Hecksher. The United States Social Security Death Index tells us a few things: Hecksher lived in Mercer County, New Jersey, at the time of his death, in zip code 08452.He was born on September 21, 1910. I accessed the … Continue reading Death record provides a birthday

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