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1961 Press Photo Robert Ezra McCann Espionage Accused - RRW36449

$12.33
AdID: 743400

Availability: In stock

Part Number: RRW36449

Height: 9

Width: 8

Source: Rogers

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This is an original press photo. Robert Ezra McCann accused of espionage by Chinese authorities was finally released from prison and was escorted by Red Cross Aides on the Chinese border. His wife Mrs. McCann followed him.

Born 60 years ago of U.S. missionary parents in the Chinese coastal city of Chefoo, Robert McCann considered China his home. When the Japanese overran the country in the late 19305, he lingered on, clinging to his auto business in Tientsin. Interned after Pearl Harbor, he was repatriated in an exchange of U.S. and Japanese internees in 1943. But at war's end. he hurried back to his business in Tien tsin. His wife Flora remained behind in California with their three children. Mc Cann prospered even through the Chinese civil war. And when the Communists took Tientsin in 1949, McCann again elected to linger on. Confidently he told friends that his business know-how and his line of cars and tractors made him indispensable. But in 1951 he was arrested, "tried" by the Tientsin High People's Court, and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment "for carrying out espionage activities."
(http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,872252,00.html#ixzz1Zyzd40bS)Photo measures 8.25 x 8.5inches. Photo is dated 04-04-1961.