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Werner Thiel
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Birth: Mar. 29, 1907
Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Death: Aug. 8, 1942
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

Werner Thiel was born in Essen on March 29, 1907. As an adult he was a machinist and a bicycle maker. In 1927 while out of work he went to the United States where he found work at the Ford Motor Company in Detroit as a tool and die maker. During the Great Depression, Thiel was laid off and went from job to job in Indiana, California, Pennsylvania and Florida. Thiel was a member of the German-American Bund. In March 1941, Thiel traveled via Russia to Germany. After the start of World War Two, Thiel lost a brother killed in action and had another brother who lost an eye. Because of his knowledge of America, Thiel was recruited to join a sabotage plot against the USA as a member of Operation Pastorius. He landed from a U-boat in Florida with other team members. When an informant went to the FBI, Thiel was arrested and tried before a Military Tribunal in Washington D.C. He and five others were executed on August 8, 1942 in the D.C. Jailís electric chair. He was buried in the Blue Plains D.C. potters field with only a wooden marker numbered 281. In 1982 a grave stone was added to the burial plot 
 
Burial:
Blue Plains Potters Field
Anacostia
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Plot: Plot 281
 
Created by: Wayne Sharp
Record added: Sep 24, 2004
Find A Grave Memorial# 9514986
Werner Thiel
Added by: Wayne Sharp
 
Werner Thiel
Added by: Wayne Sharp
 
Werner Thiel
Added by: Wayne Sharp
 
 
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