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Stars und Stripes: 1939

Stars und Stripes: 1939

October 30, 1939. "German-American Bund parade on East 86th Street." New York World-Telegram photo (Library of Congress). View full size.

        Gerhard Kunze, leader of the German-American Bund, fled to Mexico in November 1941, with plans to evacuate to Germany by submarine. Instead he was captured by federal agents and sentenced to 15 years in prison for espionage; his predecessor, the Munich-born Fritz Kuhn, was arrested, stripped of his citizenship, imprisoned and, after the war was over, deported to Germany, where he died in 1951.

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When I first lived in NY in the early 80s, East 86th Street was the place to find good German food and candy shops (my go-to for marzipan). As far as I know, the only survivor is the Elk Candy Company, which has relocated to Second Avenue.

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