Martha Eccles

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Martha Eccles was born in Ashland, Virginia back in 1908.   The family moved to Berlin in 1933, when the Nazi movement was in full swing. She admired the movement until the Night of the Long Knives in 1934. After that she changed her mind, thus setting in motion her work for several years.

That same year she met and fell in love with Boris Vinograov a press attaché from Russia. They began a romantic relationship that would last for years. Boris was executed in 1938, thereafter she returned to the U.S. and married New York millionaire Alfred Stern, Jr. in 1939, she published a book “Through Embassy Eyes” and in 1945 she wrote another novel “Sowing the Wind”. In 1956, she and Alfred moved to Moscow, in 1990 she died in Prague.

What you may not know about Martha Eccles Dodd is that she was a spy working for the Soviet Union. She even spied on her father William Edward Dodd, the United States first Ambassador to Germany. Until tomorrow keep that smile on your face and a penny in your pocket.

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Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Love to read autobiographies James Dray . Thanks for the insight today!

Mar 07, 2018 04:04 AM #1
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Amazing to me, James, that holding a degree in Public & International Affairs with a specialty in Soviet Affairs that I never heard of this woman.

Mar 07, 2018 05:13 AM #2
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

I've never heard of this woman but she did get around! Thank you for sharing today!

Mar 07, 2018 05:15 AM #3
Harry Norman, REALTORS® - Atlanta, GA
Associate Broker

Good morning James Dray 

Thank you for sharing your information with us

Have a great day.

Mar 07, 2018 05:17 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. All I can say is "who knew"? I certainly did not. Enjoy your day!

Mar 07, 2018 05:18 AM #5
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning again James. I can't admire an Nazi sympathizer for any reason at any time.

Mar 07, 2018 06:31 AM #6
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

We never know what lurks in the shadows!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Mar 07, 2018 07:09 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Now I did not even come close to expecting that ending. WOW! 

Mar 07, 2018 07:12 AM #8
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Having been immersed in Soviet Literature and Soviet history as part of my Master's Degree, I remember her name now that you mentionned it.  A

Mar 07, 2018 09:15 AM #9
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Finally someone I am familiar with James Dray. I do believe she was a German spy first...

Mar 07, 2018 12:52 PM #10
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon James - could be spy and counter spy.  The movements might suggest that.

Mar 07, 2018 01:28 PM #11
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Haven't heard of her but she looks like what we call a piece of work.

Mar 07, 2018 07:23 PM #12
Corey Martin
Martin Presence Group - Ruston, LA
Real Estate and Management Solutions

She sounds like quite a woman. I'm not sure if I want to be amazed at what she managed to do or appalled at what she did. Thanks for sharing!

Mar 08, 2018 06:58 PM #13
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Wos...spying on  a family member....that leaves me speechless !Sounds like

Scandal !

Mar 09, 2018 03:47 AM #14
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James I am such a fan of Spy History and just as you described it I suspected that was going to be the answer, but on a side note as much as I read about this time period I never heard of her...Endre

Mar 09, 2018 10:54 PM #15
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi James Dray ,
Who ya gonna trust if not your own daughter? 

Mar 10, 2018 06:59 AM #16
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

WHOA! You know, I wondered why she was entangled with someone who had been executed (and why he was executed) but, holy moly! To even spy on your own father - just WOW!

Thanks for sharing, James! Happy Saturday!

Mar 10, 2018 09:06 AM #17
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