Georg Gyssling

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]

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

Early lifeEdit

Gyssling was born in 1893 in Walzen, Upper Silesia, in Imperial Germany. He enlisted in the Imperial German Army during World War I, and after the war earned a doctorate of German law. He became a diplomat for the German Foreign Office and in 1927 arrived in the United States as a German Consul.[2]

Olympic careerEdit

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 HollywoodEdit

Gyssling was the German Foreign Office 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 Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party, yearned for a return to a more democratic (albeit nationalistic) Germany, and gave classified information to American intelligence officials before World War II began.[2][4]

Personal lifeEdit

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]

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ Krastev, Todor (3 February 2014). "Bobsleigh Fours Olympic Games 1932 Lake Placid (USA) – 14,15.02". III Winter Olympic Games 1932 Lake Placid (USA) 04-13.02. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  4. ^ Brook, Tom (21 October 2014). "Did Hollywood studios help the Nazis?". BBC Culture. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 12 March 2020.