Sordid Story

Treason against the United States shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them aid and comfort. . . .

—The U.S. Constitution

In a small, imitation-marble pillared Federal courtroom in Chicago last week, six closely guarded naturalized U.S. citizens, German-born, went on trial for treason. By week's end the jury (nine housewives, three men) and a handful of spectators had heard the first grim chapters of a story that might well have come from the mind of a dime novelist.

Defendants: Hans and Erna Haupt, Walter...

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