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Sarpy County Museum To Host Program on WWI Spy
September 24, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Join the Sarpy County Museum on Sunday, Sept 24th at 2 PM for this free program on a local WWI spy! Few Nebraskans know that one of the most famous spies of World War I lived in Omaha, Nebraska. Carl Hans Lody, a native German, met the daughter of Gottlieb Storz, millionaire founder of the Storz Brewery, during a luxury ocean cruise across the Atlantic. After a whirlwind courtship, they were married in a wedding that became the social event of 1913. After a domestic abuse scandal, Lody returned to Germany in 1914, and sought to restore his honor and reputation by volunteering to be a German spy operating in London. Posing as an American tourist, Lody sent back critical information about British Royal Navy operations to the Kaiser’s intelligence services, including the outfitting of the Lusitania. Lody was soon caught and his trial in the British High Court became a media sensation in England, Germany…and Nebraska. Years after his execution in the Tower of London, the Nazis venerated Lody as a national hero through books and monuments. Tony Foreman has pieced together the biography of this enigmatic character from Germany to Nebraska to Britain and will share his unique story of romance and heartbreak, espionage and folly, and heroism and cruelty.