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Nazi Collaborator 'Axis Sally' Released from Federal Prison

July 10, 1961 - Mildred Gillars (pictured in 1949) was released from the Federal Reformatory for Women in Alderson, W. Va., today. The 60-year-old Nazi propagandist was paroled after serving 12 years of a 30-year term for treason. She became known as "Axis Sally" for her World War II broadcasts from Germany aimed at Allied troops. She played nostalgic songs to the G.I.'s while wondering aloud about the faithfulness of wives and sweethearts back home. She also aired the names of numerous prisoners of war. Miss Gillars was born in Portland, Me. As a dramatic actress she played minor parts in road shows. In 1929 she left for Europe. She did not return until she was brought back under indictment for treason in 1948.


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