Kruse, William F., 1891-1952

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One of five defendants charged in Chicago in 1918 with conspiracy to violate the Espionage Law.

Each was found guilty and sentenced to twenty years in prison, but the verdict was later appealed and overturned. Director of the Young People's Department of the Socialist Party's national office and National Secretary of the Young Peoples's Socialist League at the time of indictment. Defeated Socialist candidate for U.S. House of Representative from Illinois 6th District in 1920. Worked as a motion picture camera man and later at Bell and Howell as Head of the Film Division and made educational filmstrips during WWII. Also Secretary of the German-American Anti-Axis Committee in the 1940's.

From the description of Papers, 1927-1945. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 45301624

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creatorOf Kruse, William F., 1891-1952. Papers, 1927-1945. Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
creatorOf Kruse, William F., 1891-1952. William F. Kruse papers ca. 1915-1940s. Chicago History Museum
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associatedWith German-American Anti-Axis League of Chicago. corporateBody
associatedWith Rosenfeld, Kurt. person
associatedWith Spectorsky, A. C. (Auguste C.), 1910-1972. person
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Place Name Admin Code Country
United States
Chicago (Ill.)
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1914-1918
Communists--United States
German Americans-societies
Trials (Espionage)--1918
German Americans--20th century
Trials (Political crimes and offenses)--20th century
Socialists--20th century
World War, 1939-1945--German Americans


Birth 1891

Death 1952



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SNAC ID: 36846938