Wanted: Nazi Spy [trio of FBI wanted posters for Oscar Max Wilms, Max Christian Johannes Schneemann, and Hans Rudolf Christian Zuehlsdorff]
Wanted: Nazi Spy [trio of FBI wanted posters for Oscar Max Wilms, Max Christian Johannes Schneemann, and Hans Rudolf Christian Zuehlsdorff]

Wanted: Nazi Spy [trio of FBI wanted posters for Oscar Max Wilms, Max Christian Johannes Schneemann, and Hans Rudolf Christian Zuehlsdorff]

Washington DC: Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1945. Three 10.5x16 inch posters, all dated January 20, 1945; all with horizontal fold, minor crinkling; can be flattened nicely. Faint text on the reverse lists contact information for FBI offices in numerous cities. Paper has eagle watermark. Wanted Flyer nos. 11, 12, 13.

An American named William Curtis Colepaugh, who had trained to become a Nazi spy but then abandoned the mission in New York and absconded with the funds, turning himself in to the FBI in late 1944 in hopes of lenient treatment. He described his alleged co-conspirators, after which J. Edgar Hoover released these posters and unleashed a wave of publicity for the manhunt. Zuehlsdorff was eventually caught in Trinidad.

Cat.No: 267184

Price: $500.00