Christian Rudowitz

In October, 2016 I wrote about the Rudowitz Extradition Case. I ended the article by admitting that I didn’t have any additional information about Christian Rudowitz after the conclusion of his case in January, 1909. Thanks to Andris Straumanis, I’m able to fill in some gaps. I encourage readers to check out straumanis.com  It’s a great destination for those interested in pre-WWII Latvian immigration to the United States, among other areas of interest.
Christian Rudowitz moved to the Gleason, Wisconsin area in the mid 1930’s. His name reappeared in December, 1937 when he became associated with “the Robinson/Rubens affair”. This case involved prolific Soviet spy Arnold Ikal, who was active in the United States for several years. Like many GRU (Soviet Military Intelligence) agents at the time, Ikal was Latvian.
Rudowitz's naturalization papers were apparently used to create an additional identity for Robinson/Rubens/Ikal. Rudowitz explained that his naturalization papers disappeared during the course of registering to vote in Chicago four years earlier; he wasn’t implicated in any criminal wrongdoing.
Christian Rudowitz (Rudewitz) is buried in the Gleason Cemetery, which is separate from the Latvian cemetery. The Gleason (Lincoln County), Wisconsin area was the home of a Latvian colony beginning in 1897. Straumanis has a brief history on his web-site.

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photo: Andris Straumanis


 

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