Skip to comments.German Paper Reporting That Charles Lindbergh Led a Double Life.
Posted on 08/01/2003 2:02:20 PM PDT by longjack
Friday, August 1st, 2003, 18:39
Charles Lindbergh Led Double Life With Munich Woman
Munich (dpa) - Charles Lindbergh, who became a hero after his non-stop flight from New York to Paris in 1927, led a double life according to a report in the "Süddeutsche Zeitung". The paper wrote in its Saturday edition that in 1957 the American Lindbergh learned to know and to love the 24 year younger hat maker, Brigitte Hesshaimer, in Munich . It was a close relationship which lasted until Lindbergh's death in 1974.
Lindbergh's wife seems to have known nothing about the second family in Munich, says the "SZ". After the death of their mother two years ago, Lindbergh's German children have now decided to talk about it for the first time. Dyrk, Astrid and David shall have known their father for a long time only under the pseudonym Careu Kent. They were born between 1958 and 1967, on their birth certificates stand "Father unknown".
The children suspected, according to the "SZ", that "Careu" had to have another name and that possibly he was famous. Lindbergh's daughter, Astrid Bouteuil, nee Hesshaimer, told the newspaper how she first learned the identity of her father by accident as an adult.
In the attic of her mother's house in Ammersee, Upper Bavaria, she discovered more than 100 letters by her father, mostly hand written, signed with C., like Careu or Charles. He wrote in one of these letters about "our children". A document analysis contracted by The "SZ" proves that the letters came from Lindbergh. (The report was available to the dpa in editorial form)
"Yahoo Deutschland"....Charles Lindbergh führte Doppelleben mit Münchnerin
Translated by longjack
I thought this was interesting enough to translate.
I'm figuring he was in his 20's when he made the flight in 1927. He may have been in his 60's in 1968 when his last German Child was born.
Ammersee is a pretty ritzy place, too, I believe. He most have treated this German girl well.
I just skimmed the original article in the "Süddeutsche Zeitung".
According to that he was a very caring father, very close to the kids. They mention that they considered it a family like the others, but that their father was often away.
The boy, Dyrk, says he was very close to his father.
I'll post the URL to German readers. If you read German you can see it there.
Süddeutsche Zeitung Article.
He was 66 when the last child was born in 1968!
The article portrays a warm image of Lindbergh.
"Lindbergh, Charles Augustus, 1902-74, American aviator who made the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight; b. Detroit. An air reserve officer, he astounded the world on May 21, 1927, by landing in Paris after a flight from New York in his Spirit of St. Louis. In the U.S. he received unprecedented acclaim. After the kidnapping and murder of their son in 1932, he and his wife moved to England.
In 1936, Lindbergh collaborated with Alexis CARREL in inventing a perfusion pump (artificial heart). In 1938-39 he advocated U.S. neutrality in a European war; when his speeches were branded as pro-Nazi, he resigned his commission, but later flew combat missions in the Pacific.
His wife, Anne Spencer Morrow Lindbergh, 1906-, b. Englewood, N.J., is a writer. Her works include North to the Orient (1935) and Listen! the Wind (1938), accounts of flights made with her husband; Gift from the Sea (1955), a poetic study of women's problems; and volumes of diaries and letters."(The Concise Columbia Encyclopedia is licensed from Columbia University Press. Copyright © 1995 by Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.)
Anne Morrow Lindbergh Biography Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the widow of aviator and conservationist Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr., was a noted writer and aviation pioneer.
Born June 22, 1906 in Englewood, New Jersey, Anne Morrow Lindbergh was the daughter of businessman, ambassador, and U.S. Senator Dwight Morrow and poet and women's education advocate Elizabeth Cutter Morrow. Her family spent summers at the seashore: Martha's Vineyard, Cape Cod and later on the island of North Haven off the coast of Maine. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College in 1928, and married Charles A. Lindbergh, Jr., on May 27, 1929.
Six children were born to the Lindberghs -- Charles A., III (deceased, 1932), Jon, Land, Anne (deceased, 1993), Scott and Reeve.
Much time during the early years of the Lindberghs' marriage was spent flying. Anne served as her husband's co-pilot, navigator and radio operator on history-making explorations, charting potential air routes for commercial airlines. They made air surveys across the continent and in the Caribbean to pioneer Pan American's air mail service.
In 1931, they journeyed, in a single-engine airplane, over uncharted routes from Canada and Alaska to Japan and China, which she chronicled in her first book, North to the Orient. They then completed, in the same single-engine Lockheed "Sirius," a five-and-one-half-month, 30,000-mile survey of North and South Atlantic air routes in 1933 (the subject of Anne Lindbergh's book, Listen! the Wind). Charles characterized this expedition as more difficult and hazardous than his epic New York-to-Paris flight in 1927 in the "Spirit of St. Louis."
The National Geographic Society awarded its Hubbard Gold Medal to Anne Lindbergh in 1934 for her accomplishments in 40,000 miles of exploratory flying over five continents with her husband. A year earlier, she had been honored with the Cross of Honor of the U.S. Flag Association for her part in the survey of transatlantic air routes. In 1993, Women in Aerospace presented her with a special Aerospace Explorer Award in recognition of her achievements and contributions to the aerospace field.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh was also the first licensed woman glider pilot in the United States.
In addition to North to the Orient and Listen! the Wind, Anne Lindbergh is the author of 11 other published books. They include Earth Shine, in which she wrote of being at Cape Kennedy for the first moon-orbiting flight and how that Apollo 8 flight and the pictures it sent back of Earth gave humankind "a new sense of Earth's richness and beauty;" The Steep Ascent, a novel that tells the story of a perilous flight made by a husband and wife; the inspirational and widely read Gift from the Sea, perhaps her best-known work; and five volumes of diaries and letters from the years 1922-1944.
Smith College, Amherst College, the University of Rochester and Gustavus Adolphus College have all presented honorary degrees to Mrs. Lindbergh. In addition, she has also been inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame, the National Women's Hall of Fame, and the Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey. She is also a recipient of the Christopher Award for the fifth volume of her diaries, War Within and Without.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh died February 7, 2001 at her second home in Vermont. "
The Sueddeutsche artical says he was 55 in 1957.
The woman died two years ago. The three children decided to go public recently.
The story is starting to show up on sites like the "Spiegel". The article is kind to Lindbergh and the woman, who came from Rumania and was handicapped from a WWII related illness.
The article says that Anne Morrow had an affair, also, at the same time. Lindbergh didn't know either. The article describes Anne Morrow as 'demanding', and that the marraige was complicated. The article mentions that she was artistically superior to Lindbergh and it angered her that Lindbergh won a pulitzer prize for his autobiography that she basically scripted.
Most of the article relates the devotion the 3 German kids felt for him. The article, I feel, is very kind to Lindbergh. The children are fond of him and do not seem to want to sully his memory. The last time the saw him it was apparent to them when he left that he would not be able return because of his health.
His daughter found hand written letters in the attic of her mom's home. They were analyzed and it was determined Lindbergh was the author. That how they discovered their father was Charles Lindbergh. They were with him often, but did not his real name.
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