Hesse Crown Jewels Court-Martial record example

Hesse Crown Jewels Court-Martial

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Capt. Kathleen Nash Durant, Maj. Jack W. Durant, and Col. David F. Watson conspired to keep jewels of the House of Hesse and other property discovered in Schloss Friedrichshof at Kronberg, and smuggle them into the United States. Some valuables were returned to the Hesse family, many disappeared. The three officers were imprisoned. The trial documents include depositions, photographs, pleas and sentencing.

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"Court-Martial Case Files Relating to the "Hesse Crown Jewels Case", 1944-1952" database with images Fold3 (https://www.fold3.com//title/82/hesse-crown-jewels-court-martial: accessed September 24, 2021)

Publication Title
Hesse Crown Jewels Court-Martial
Total Records
12,424 · Complete: 100%
Content Source
The National Archives logoThe National Archives
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Published on Fold3
04 Dec 2007
Last Updated
04 Dec 2007
NARA M1899. Trial records of three American officers charged with stealing $2.5 million in jewels and property from Kronberg Castle in 1945.