AXIS SALLY PLEADS NOT GUILTY TO CHARGES OF TREASON
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Sixty-eight years ago today, September 24, 1948, Mildred Gillars*, accused of being Nazi wartime radio propagandist "Axis Sally" plead not guilty to charges of treason.
Ms. Gillars was featured in a radio program which targeted American GIs titled the "Home Sweet Home Hour." The show, which aired from 1942 to 1945, attempted to make American soldiers serving in Europe homesick.
Originally she was charged with 10 counts of treason, but convicted on only 1 count. That conviction resulted in a prison sentence of 10 to 30 years. Axis Sally was released from prison on June 10, 1961.
*Mildred Elizabeth Sisk Gillars (1900-1988) was born in Portland, Maine & studied drama at Ohio Wesleyan University before moving to Greenwich Village, NY. In 1934, she was an English teacher in Berlin & in 1940 went to work for the German State Radio.