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Mary Bancroft, the Journalist

In the State Department, in private practice of international law, in the wartime OSS, and the postwar CIA, Allen Dulles devoted his life to “the craft of intelligence,” including bold and aggressive pursuit of covert actions to further what he perceived as America’s political interests abroad. Although Dulles had been...

The Trip To Nuremberg

Mary Bancroft had served America as a spy in the OSS (Office of Strategic Services) from Zürich before America came into the war and throughout the war. Now, it was 1945. The war was over. She was traveling to Nuremberg by car from Zürich to observe the war trials. On the way,...

You’re In The Army Now!

When young George Trofimoff was growing up in Germany, his father told him tales of honor, pomp and majesty, while serving in the Czar’s White Russian army. He also somehow knew that the United States Army Expeditionary Force had two regiments inside Russia supporting the White Army against the Red Army...

Mary Bancroft’s Lover

By her own admission, Mary Bancroft felt emotional attachment for only two men in her life, neither of which was one of her two husbands. Early in December 1942, Mary began working for Allen Dulles, head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the American spy agency, out of Zürich....

The Bancrofts and “WSJ” Background

Having researched this early history of the Wall Street Journal and listening to my friend, Jackie Bancroft, I was beginning to learn more about the Bancroft lineage. It was this lineage that was the source of Jackie Bancroft Spencer Morgan’s vast wealth. And now it was the source of what...

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