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Knuth, Maria (d. 1954)

Russian spy. Born in Germany; died in prison from cancer, 1954.

Out of work as an actress after WWII, was recruited as Soviet spy working for Kolberg Ring; entertained US and British officers at villa outside of Cologne while gathering information for Moscow about West German military strategy and other secret information; caught collecting coded letters in central Post Office in Cologne (c.1953), was convicted.

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