Dr Charles E Curry

1919 May. In his forward to "Sir Roger Casement's diaries" Curry writes "My acquaintance with Sir Roger Casement dates from his first sojourn in Munich in the second half of May 1915. I was presented to the Irish Patriot by an Egyptian friend - Prince Mohammad Ali Hassan, the day after his arrival - at the Hotel Bayerischerhof, where Sir Roger had taken rooms. From our first meeting I did everything in my power to make his sojourn in a strange country, the language which he did not speak, as agreeable as possible. We soon became such intimate friends that when I moved out with my family to the Ammersee for the summer vacation at the end of May, Sir Roger requested me to engage quarters for him there. I succeeded in securing two comfortable rooms for my friend in the country inn at Riederau. Whereupon Sir Roger left Munich and joined us on the rural shores of the quiet lake. He was so happy and contented in his new environments - away from the noise and hustle of the city, that he remained in Riederau until late into the autumn. When we all returned to town at the close of the summer vacation Sir Roger still kept his rooms in the little country inn, that he might at least spend the weekend there. It was in fact not until after Christmas, when Sir Roger broke down completely in health, that he could be induced to give up his summer quarters on the lake.

Before Sir Roger's final departure at the end of March for Berlin, where all preparations were being made for his fatal voyage to Ireland, he entrusted to me all he possessed in this world, his personal effects and writings, and he left me various written instructions chiefly regarding his diaries and their publication upon the close of the war. I deemed it from the outset a grave but sacred duty to my deceased friend to carry out these instructions to the best of my ability and with as little delay as the circumstances permitted."

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1916 Mar 4. Casement says in a letter to von Wedel that he hopes to go to stay with his friend Dr Curry at Ammersee

1916 Apr. Casement handed his personal papers to Dr. Charles Curry, with whom he had stayed at Riederau on the Ammersee, before he left Germany

1918 Nov 20. Keogh claims to have gone to Gaffney's villa at Munich with a "delegation of 4 Irishmen" (whom I take to be Irish Brigade members plus Dr Charles Curry. Keogh says that Gaffney refused to help them and that a few days later Gaffney crossed the frontier into Switzerland (this is at odds with Rahilly saying he met Gaffney in Munich in Feb 1919)

1919 Feb. Rahilly went to Munich to try to get men to return to Britain. "But one man I found to mistrust my motives.... That man certainly was no coward, but he asked me to see a Dr. Curry and consult with him before proceeding any further ...(I believe this man was McDonagh) I told him Dr. Curry ( I whom I had not personally heard of) could not be in a position to give any guarantees to them either for their safety or suitability of employment. However, I promised them to call next day when a final decision would be taken as to whether we should return to Ireland or not.

1919 Apr. McDonagh says the Burke gave my name and address to the Red Cross in Berlin. I received a letter in April 1919 from Capt, or Lieutenant, Breen .... Then he came down from Berlin to see me. He told me to come to Berlin. I gave my word of honour and went. I got the money from an American artist, Mr Curry.

1922 Publication of Sir Roger Casements Diaries, his mission to Germany and the Findlay Affair by Dr. Charles E. Curry (Paperback - Jan 1, 1922)


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Charles Curry had a son, Manfred Curry (December 11, 1899 – 1953)

Manfred was a German born American scientist, physician, inventor, sailor and author. Born in Munich to American parents who immigrated to Germany. His mother Adele died when he was seven years old by giving birth to her third child. His Grandmother Mary Abby brought up Manfred Curry and his Sister Marion in Riederau at Lake Ammersee.

Although he was born in Munich and always lived in Germany, he never took German citizenship. This might be as he was always treated as a "Zugereister", meaning someone coming from abroad, mostly from other parts off Germany. This is why he started for the USA at the 1928 Summer Olympics.

An accomplished olympic yachtsman. In later life he worked as a doctor specialising in bioclimatics and became the self-proclaimed discoverer of the pseudoscientific phenomenon of "geomagnetic lines" called the Curry Grid. As a doctor specialising in bioclimatics and allergies he founded the American Bioclimatics Research Institute, this was renamed the Manfred Curry Clinic after his death. Curry also investigated the supposed allergenic properties of "earth radiation", a pseudoscientific concept invented by him and his colleague Ernst Hartmann. "Earth Radiation" has never been accepted as a scientific field of study.

Manfred Curry wrote a pioneering book on yacht aerodynamics and racing tactics, published in several editions and several languages, describing how he studied sailing-boat design scientifically, testing numerous rig configurations in the wind-tunnel at Göttingen. The importance of his book within yachting has been described as having brought scientific sailboat design into the public eye. In the book, he describes several of his inventions or developments that are in widespread use today, including the fully battened mainsail, the Genoa jib (so called because first used competitively in a regatta at Genoa) and the cam cleat (Called the "Curryklemme" in German). He described two successful racing dinghies as well innovations used on an Americas Cup defending yacht. He was the most successful German yachtsman in history sailing in around 1400 races and winning more than 1000. One of his dinghies, Aero, has recently been found and restored.