Georg Gyssling

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Georg Gyssling
Born
Georg Gyssling

(1893-06-16)June 16, 1893
Walzen, German Empire (now Walce, Poland)
Died(1965-01-08)January 8, 1965
OccupationDiplomat
Spouse(s)Ingrid Horn
Children2

Georg Gyssling (16 June 1893 – 8 January 1965) was German consul to the United States from 1927 until 1941, since 1933 in Los Angeles.[1] He was a member of the Nazi Party from 1931.[2]

Early Life[edit]

Gyssling was born in 1893 in Walzen, Germany, now part of Poland. He enlisted in the German army and after the war earned a doctorate of law. He became a diplomat and in 1927 arrived in the United States as the German Consul.[2]

Olympic Career[edit]

Gyssling was also a bobsledder who competed in the early 1930s. The German team finished seventh and last in the four-man event at the 1932 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York.[2][3]

Hitler’s man in Hollywood[edit]

Gyssling was the Third Reich’s diplomatic representative in Los Angeles, and was sometimes referred to as ‘Hitler’s Hollywood consul’. He had a specific brief to monitor the activities of the studios, and by all accounts he was extremely diligent and effective in his duties. Nevertheless, later documents revealed that Gyssling despised Hitler and the Nazi party, gave intelligence information to American spies before World War II began, and yearned for a return to a more democratic (albeit nationalistic) Germany[2][4]

Personal Life[edit]

Gyssling was married in 1925 to a German woman named Ingrid Horn, with whom he had two children, Georg and Angelica. Gyssling and Ingrid eventually divorced, and he died in Southern Spain on January 8, 1965.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosenzweig, Laura (2017). Hollywood’s Spies: The Undercover Surveillance of Nazis in Los Angeles. New York: NYU Press. ISBN 9781479855179.
  2. ^ a b c d e Ross, Steven (2017). Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America. New York: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781620405642.
  3. ^ http://www.todor66.com/olim/1932w/Bobsleigh_Fours.html
  4. ^ http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20130930-did-hollywood-help-the-nazis