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Bust of Richard Sorge (1895-1944)Download nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Bust of Richard Sorge (1895-1944)

Description: A bust of Soviet super spy Richard Sorge (October 4, 1895-November 7, 1944). Shown with the bust is Hanako-san, Sorge's devoted mistress when he was operating the most effective spy ring in the Far East before and during WWII (in Tokyo). The ring on her finger was made from the gold taken from Sorge's teeth after his execution by a Japanese hangman. The Russian-born Sorge moved to Germany at an early age and became a German citizen. He was a journalist and a dedicated communist, who joined the Nazi Party in the 1930s and got a job on a Nazi-backed newspaper, ostensibly going to China to cover the war there in the early 1930s, but sending secret reports to his Soviet spymasters in Moscow. He remained in the Far East, moving to Tokyo, where he was the spymaster of a ring of foreigners and anti-Imperialist Japanese agents. Through his contacts, he was able to inform Moscow that Japan would not attack Soviet Russia, but, instead, the U.S. and British forces in the Pacific. This information allowed Stalin to move all of his Siberian troops against the Nazis, who invaded Russia in 1941. Sorge's operations were eventually unearthed by the Japanese Secret Police, Kempei Tai. He was arrested by Kempei Tai Detective Hideo Ohashi and other officers on the night of October 18, 1941, at his small Tokyo home. Officers broke down the door of the house to find Sorge in his pajamas and drinking whiskey. He was taken to Sugamo Prison and was later convicted of espionage and executed in 1944. A short time before he was arrested, Sorge sent his last coded message to Moscow, which read: "Japanese carrier force attacking United States Navy at Pearl Harbor, probably dawn, 6th November." He was off by one month and a day.

Category: Intelligence

Keywords: Richard Sorge, Soviet agents, Soviet spy rings, Soviet spy networks, Kempei Tai, spies, spying, espionage, Intelligence, Hanako-san, busts, Nazi Party, journalists, reporters, coded radio messages, Sugamo Prison, hangings, hangmen, executions, capital punishments, Hideo Ohashi, Japanese detectives, German invasion of Russia, Joseph Stalin

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 1275 x 1403 (1.79 MPixels) (1.10)

Print Size: 10.8 x 11.9 cm; 4.3 x 4.7 inches

File Size: 5.15 MB (5,402,676 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000004460

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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