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Datebook: January 2 – Largest Espionage Case in U.S. History Ends 70 Years Ago

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The Duquesne Spy Ring is the largest espionage case in U.S. history that ended in convictions. A total of 33 members of a German espionage network headed by “Fritz” Duquesne were convicted after a lengthy investigation by the FBI. On January 2, 1942, the group was sentenced to serve a total of over 300 years in prison. The spies that formed the ring were placed in key jobs in the U>S. to get information that could be used in the event of war and to carry out acts of sabotage: one person opened a restaurant and used his position to get information from his customers; another person worked on an airline so that he could report Allied ships that were crossing the Atlantic Ocean; others in the ring worked as delivery people so that they could deliver secret messages alongside normal messages. William G. Sebold, who had been recruited as a spy for Germany, was a major factor in the FBI’s successful resolution of this case through his work as a double agent for the government. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover called his concerted swoop on Duquesne’s ring the greatest spy roundup in U.S. history.

It’s Monday, January 2

High school musicians have until January 15th to apply for the Paducah Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Concerto Competition. One pianist and one orchestral instrumentalist will each win a $1000 cash prize, a chance to solo with the PSO, and a Murray State music scholarship. Visit and click on “Education” for details.

Paducah Parks Services is offering a Coed Indoor Wiffle Ball League for ages 14 and up. Register as a team or as an individual. Informational meetings and open play will be held at the Paducah Recreation Center on Monday, January 9.

Market House Theater is accepting registrations for its youth acting troupes, grades one through twelve. The first meeting of the trimester is Saturday. The fee is $50, and financial need scholarships are available. To register, call the box office tomorrow through Friday between noon and 5 at (270) 444-6828.

Find more information about these and other community events online at, and thanks for listening.


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