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Gerhard Löwenthal (born 8 December 1922 in Berlin, died 6 December 2002 in Wiesbaden) was a prominent German journalist, human rights activist and author. He presented the ZDF-Magazin, a news magazine of ZDF which highlighted human rights abuses in communist-ruled Eastern Europe, from 1969 to 1987. Löwenthal who was known as a staunch anticommunist was president of the Germany Foundation from 1977 to 1994.
He was Jewish, and was deported to the Sachsenhausen concentration camp during Nazi rule. After the war he chose to remain in his native country and went on to study medicine. He also worked as a reporter for RIAS, before he became one of the first students at the Free University of Berlin.
His father-in-law was CDU politician and minister Ernst Lemmer.
The Gerhard Löwenthal Prize, annually awarded by his widow Ingeborg Löwenthal, the conservative newspaper Junge Freiheit and the Foundation for Conservative Education and Research, is named in his honour.
He is buried at the Jewish cemetery at Heerstraße in Berlin.
- Ich bin geblieben. Erinnerungen, Junge Freiheit Verlag, Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-929886-25-1
- Reden wir morgen in Sprechblasen?: Auf dem Weg zu einer neuen Medienlandschaft. HwK Koblenz, Koblenz 1985, ISBN 3-924871-04-3
- Hilferufe von drüben: Eine Dokumentation wider das Vergessen. Hänssler, Holzgerlingen 2002, ISBN 3-7751-3807-2 (with Helmut Kamphausen, Claus P. Clausen)
- Wir werden durch Atome leben. Blanvalet, Berlin 1956 (with Josef Hausen)
- Die ungarische Revolution: Ein Weissbuch. Die Geschichte des Oktober-Aufstandes nach Dokumenten, Meldungen, Augenzeugenberichten und das Echo der Weltöffentlichkeit. Colloquium Verlag, Berlin 1957 (with Melvin J. Lasky, Karl Jaspers)
- Kathrin Gerlof: Gegenspieler: Gerhard Löwenthal, Karl-Eduard von Schnitzler. Fischer Taschenbuch, Frankfurt am Main 1999, ISBN 3-596-14183-4
- Stefan Winckler: Ein kritischer Journalist aus Berlin: Gerhard Löwenthal. Snayder Verlag, Paderborn 1997, ISBN 3-932319-56-7
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