photo Detective Sergeant with the Glen Rock Police Dept
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River Edge NJ, on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm at Steuben House, River Edge, NJ ,Bergen County Historical Society presents James Calaski who will speak about Carl Schiphorst, who was the Bergen County unit of the German American Bund. Carl was investigated by the FBI suspected of being a Nazi spy. His presentation covers the German American Bund in general and then the investigation here in Bergen County and Glen Rock specifically. He is a Detective Sergeant with the Glen Rock Police Dept so has a unique viewpoint into the criminal investigation and the Glen Rock angle.
While researching his thesis topic, the German American Bund, he came across documents regarding a resident of Glen Rock named Carl Schiphorst. Schiphorst resided in Glen Rock during the 1930’s and was a leader of the Bergen County Unit of the Bund as well as the target of a 145 page FBI investigation suspecting Schiphorst of being a Nazi agent. For the past several years, D/Sgt. Calaski has been researching Carl Schiphorst, his investigation, internment, and ultimate repatriation to Germany, a story which illustrates the plight of thousands of German families during WWII. D/Sgt. Calaski first presented his findings to the public in conjunction with the Glen Rock Historical & Preservation Society in April 2015 and has been in demand ever since, presenting to numerous libraries and civic organizations throughout Bergen County and NJ. His presentation is continuously updated with new information regarding what became of the Schiphorst family after repatriation and the history of the German American Bund in Bergen County, NJ and beyond.
The lecture takes place in the Steuben House, 1209 Main St, River Edge, NJ at 7:30 PM on Thursday, September 27th. Please join us for refreshments at the conclusion. No charge.