WAR & PEACE: The World of William Sebold

Last week, in a Brooklyn courtroom, at the Government's spy trial, the testimony unwound the story of two worlds in conflict:

In the last year of the 19th Century, William Sebold was born in a city near the Rhine. A region of narrow valleys and expanding industries, this section looks like the country around Pittsburgh. There William Sebold was apprenticed to a draftsman, grew up through a boyhood no more extraordinary than one spent in a hard-working manufacturing town in Western Pennsylvania before the war.

When he was 15, Germany went to war....

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