June 16, 1893
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.
Hitler’s man in Hollywood
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
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.
- Rosenzweig, Laura (2017). Hollywood’s Spies: The Undercover Surveillance of Nazis in Los Angeles. New York: NYU Press. ISBN 9781479855179.
- Ross, Steven (2017). Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America. New York: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781620405642.
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