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Newspaper article International New York Times

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Highlights from the International Herald Tribune archives: Dr. Kurt Rieth attempts to carry out tasks for the Reich in the U.S. in 1941; Britain declares a state of emergency during a seamen's strike in 1966.

1941 Nazi Agent in the U.S.

Dr. Kurt Rieth, a German diplomat who fled Vienna by plane seven years ago at the time of the Nazi murder of Chancellor Englebert Dollfuss, has been in New York for almost two months attempting a new high-pressure task of economic appeasement for the Reich. Carrying a diplomatic passport issued in Berlin on Dec. 28, 1940, with visas for nearly every nation in the Western Hemisphere, Dr. Rieth has been charged with the job of buying up rich American- owned oil properties in eastern Europe, now almost valueless to citizens of the United States. Dr. Rieth, who was Germany's Minister to Austria at the time of the unsuccessful putsch in 1934, arrived in Rio de Janeiro on March 6 from Rome, and called a conference of German consuls from many parts of South America to plan greater Axis penetration. …

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