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NEW YORK, Wednesday.
Americans spy inquiry today pro duced as witness a beautiful brunette ivith the fascinating personality thai readers of espionage Action demand.
She was Miss Senta Dewanger* former German proprietress of a liquor bar, who had been held in protective custody since last summer. Despite her paleness and obvious nervous ness, she was an attractive, figure and gave strength to the Government's contention that her charm made the liquor store, which she operated near the Long Island airport, the centre of officers' gatherings. Aviation Secrets The prosecution alleged that at these gatherings German spies obtained import ant aviation secrets. Before the trial police said that Miss Dewanger was friend of a former German army officer, who killed him- . self on Long Island beach last February. He was believed to have committed suicide for reasons connected with the spy ring in America. The police alleged that the girl paid the expenses of send ing his body back to his and her home town in Ger many.
— After weeks of testimony not particularly mfc&resthig of especially revelatory ine German spy trial today revealed the real seriousness of the Reich's espionage activities in the United States. Turning from the clumsy and amateurish efforts of Guenther Rumrich (one of the accused who pleaded guilty and turned State's evidence);, the prosecutor began to lay bare the skilled accomplishments of professional operators in the German intelligence service.
Miss Dewanger testified that she was a native of Ger many but had been a natural-, ised American citizen for three years. She said that William Lonkowski, one of the fugitive accused, had rooms at her house, where he maintained a che mical and photographic laboratory. Among Lonkowski's visitors, said Miss Dewanger, were the indicted Ger mans Otto Voss. Dr. Griebl, who es caped to Germany, and Karl Schlueter. formerly political officer on the Ger man liner Bremen. A dramatic touch was given to her evidence when she said that once, when Mrs. Lonkowski had too much drink, she boasted that the German Government paid for the various luxuries enjoyed by her and her husband. Miss Dewanger said that the couple always seemed well supplied with money. She said that she often brought par cels from Lonkowski to Griebl and Schlueter. Voss, who is accused of stealing aeroplane plans while working in an American factory.' frequently brought small packages to Lonkowski, she added. Spies' Plans In Violin Case A United States Customs guard told of the seizure of a violin case contain ing photographs of an experimental U.S. army bomber which had been despatched by Lonkowski and Schlue ter. The photographs had been accom panied by letters covering vital con struction details, known only to army engineers, for retractable landing gear. Seversky floats, wing tank sections and streamlining. All letters were signed 'Sex,' said to have been Lonkowski's alias. During the Customs guard's evi dence letters taken from Lonkow ski were produced. They contained such confidential matter that even today the United States forbids , their being read in open court. j
Mentions von Papenl One letter linked an army captain stationed at a New Jersey post withi the German spy circle, which was ap parently working directly with 'von ?Papen.' The Customs guard said that he j asked Lonkowski to identify von Papen. Lonkowski replied 'He is a German official in Austria but 1 do ? not know him.' It was revealed during evidence that Lonkowski was allowed to escape be cause Customs officials did not realise at the time the importance of their! discoveries. i (Captain von Papen, as naval attache at the New York embassy during the early part of the war, directed sabotage activities on the American waterfronts to prevent munitions and food supplies from reaching England. After the war he became German Chancellor before Hitler, later' Minister in Austria nnd Turkey. His retirement was an- i nounced last week.) ] Returning to the stand. Rumrich art- 1 mitted that his brother Hans was ar rested in Czechoslovakia as a German: spy. Rumrich expressed the opinion' that the Czechs were warned by Eng- i lish.and American authorities. '
SENTA DEWANGER ... her charm is alleged to have lured U.S. army officers.