Maximilian Schell (FBI)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Tracking # 1251318-000
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No Responsive Documents

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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

All documents on, about or mentioning Maximilian Schell (December 8, 1930 – February 1, 2014).

I request that searches of all maine file and cross-reference indices, filing systems, and locations be conducted for any and all records relating or referring to Maximilian Schell, including both Central Records and Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) indices.

From the NYT obituary (available here: http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2014/02/01/world/europe/ap-eu-austria-obit-schell.html?_r=0): "Austrian-born actor Maximilian Schell, a fugitive from Adolf Hitler who became a Hollywood favorite and won an Oscar for his role as a defense attorney in "Judgment at Nuremberg," has died. He was 83."

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

Please amend this request to read "main file" rather than "maine file".

Apologies for the typo.

Best,
Shawn

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

The FBI has received your Freedom of Information Act/Privacy (FOIPA) request and it will be forwarded to Initial Processing for review. Your request will be processed under the provisions of FOIPA and a response will be mailed to you at a later date.

Requests for fee waivers and expedited processing will be addressed once your request has been assigned an FOIPA request number. You will receive written notification of the FBI’s decision.

Information regarding the Freedom of Information Act/Privacy is available at http://www.fbi.gov/ or http://www.fbi.gov/foia/. If you require additional assistance please contact the Public Information Officer.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

From: Federal Bureau of Investigation - FBI

A no responsive documents response.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Hello,

I have received the final response from the FBI that no responsive documents were found in the Central Records System or the Electronic Surveillance (ELSUR) indices.

Please confirm whether a search of cross references was performed for this request. Hollywood figures were frequently the subject of investigative interest during Mr. Schell's career, and I want to confirm whether a thorough search for records was performed. To be clear, I consider a search of cross references to be obligatory in response to my initial FOIA request.

Best,
Shawn

From: Sobonya, David P.

Dear Mr. Musgrave,

Cross References:

Based on the information you provided, we conducted a search of the Central Records System and the Electronic Surveillance (ESLUR) indices. We were unable to identify main file records responsive to the FOIA. If you have additional information pertaining to the subject that you believe was of investigative interest to the Bureau, please provide us the details and we will conduct an additional search.

To make a request for cross-references—defined as a mention of a subject in the main file of another person, place, or event—you need to provide information in your request that is sufficient to enable the FBI to ensure with certainty that the cross-references are identifiable to the subject of your request. This information may include the following:

• The specific circumstances in which the subject of your request had contact with the FBI;
• The date(s) of such contact;
• The location(s) of such contact;
• The full name (first, middle, and last name) as well as any prior names or aliases used by the subject of your request;
• Social Security number, date of birth, place of birth, and home address of the subject of your request;
• Names of associates of the subject of your request the mention of whom might aid in the identification of responsive records; and
• Other references of the subject of your request in media, such as books, articles, websites, etc.

Please note that the FBI may not be able to identify responsive cross-references despite the additional information you provide.

Please contact me if you require further assistance.

Thank you,

David P. Sobonya
Public Information Officer/Legal Admin. Specialist
Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS)
FBI-Records Management Division
170 Marcel Drive, Winchester, VA 22602-4843
PIO: (540) 868-4593
Direct: (540) 868-4286
Fax: (540) 868-4391/4997

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