Ziemer, Gregor, 1899-1982

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Birth 1899-05-24
Death 1982

Biographical notes:

Gregor Ziemer (1899-1982) was a journalist, educator, and writer during the twentieth century. Born in Michigan and educated at the University of Illinois, Ziemer served as a foreign correspondent for the "Chicago Tribune" in Germany from 1928 to 1940. During this time, he was also headmaster of the American School in Berlin. After returning to the United States in 1940, Ziemer served as a news broadcaster for WLW Radio in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he reported on the progress of World War II in Europe. He returned to Europe in 1944 as a war correspondent, working as a broadcaster first for Radio Luxembourg, then for Voice of America. In 1945, he served as an embedded war correspondent with the U.S. Army's Fourth Armored Division in Germany. Ziemer later turned his attention to educational matters, serving as Director of Public Education for the American Foundation for the Blind from 1952 to 1964. From the mid 1960s to the 1970s, he was Director of the Institute of Lifelong Learning. In addition to his work as a journalist and educator, Ziemer wrote a number of newspaper articles, magazine articles and short stories. He was also the author of several books between the 1940s and 1970s, including "Too Old for What?" (1968). Ziemer's experiences in Nazi Germany directly provided the inspiration for the World War II propaganda films "Education for Death" (1943) and "Hitler's Children" (1943).

From the description of Gregor Ziemer papers, 1912-1977 (bulk 1926-1977) (University of Wyoming, American Heritage Center). WorldCat record id: 153313089

Gregor Ziemer was a writer and reporter who travelled with the 4th Armored Division from 7 March 1945 through May 1945 into Germany.

From the description of Gregor Ziemer papers, [1945?]. (US Army, Mil Hist Institute). WorldCat record id: 56798478


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  • World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
  • National socialism and education
  • Foreign correspondents--20th century
  • World War, 1939-1945--Awards
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • Radio journalism--20th century
  • War correspondents--20th century
  • National socialism and children
  • Educators--20th century
  • Blind--Public relations
  • Radio journalists--20th century
  • Authors, American--20th century
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