In seeking members of Henry Hecksher's family to speak to, I found an obituary for his sister-in-law, Roxanne Sanossian Heckscher, in the Princeton Town Topics. The second wife of William S. Heckscher, she died on December 18, 2013, in Princeton, New Jersey. She is listed as survived by: ... by her daughter, Charlotte — who … Continue reading Seeking Hecksher’s family
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
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 … Continue reading A return to America
In 1940, census takers find Henry Hecksher, already using his assumed name, as a lodger in an apartment in New York. The 29-year-old future CIA officer was living in the New University Court Apartments in Manhattan, staying with 70-year-old widow Emily Wilson, her son and another lodger from Norway. The census date of record was … Continue reading A lodger in New York
United States Lines' SS American Banker left London, England, on March 10, 1939, with 20 foreign passengers on board, according to a manifest provided to US immigration authorities. Among them was Heinrich Gustav Adolf Detlev Heckscher, who would later be known as Henry Hecksher, the CIA officer at the center of this project. The 28 … Continue reading A journey to America
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
As we research the life of former CIA officer Henry Hecksher, I'll continue updating this timeline. The sections here correspond with the categories used in this blog.
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
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
As this project develops, here's where I'm keeping track of all sources used to tell the story of The Station Chief.