Louis P. Lochner
Ludwig "Louis" Paul Lochner (February 22, 1887 – January 8, 1975) was an American political activist, journalist, and author. In World War I Lochner was a leading figure in the American and international anti-war movement. Later he served for many years as head of the Berlin bureau of Associated Press, best remembered for his work there as a foreign correspondent. Lochner was awarded the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for correspondence for his wartime reporting from Nazi Germany. In December 1941 Lochner was interned by the Nazis and later released in a prisoner exchange.
In 1905 Louis graduated from the Wisconsin Music Conservatory. He went on to attend the University of Wisconsin at Madison, from which he graduated Phi Beta Kappa in earning a Bachelor's degree in 1909.
On September 7, 1910 he married Emmy Hoyer; they had two children, Elsbeth and Robert. Hoyer died in 1920.
Lochner married again in 1922, his second wife being Hilde De Terra, née Steinberger, who brought Rosemarie De Terra, her daughter from her first marriage, into the family.
During the second decade of the 20th century Lochner was a leading activist in the American pacifist movement. Late in 1914 he was appointed Executive Director of the Chicago-based Emergency Peace Federation, working closely with social activist Jane Addams in an attempt to call an international conference of neutral nations to mediate an end to World War I. Lochner, Addams, and their Emergency Peace Federation were instrumental in convening a national conference in Chicago in February 1915 which brought together delegates representing pacifist, religious, and anti-militarist political organizations from around the United States.
Following the end of the war in 1918, Lochner moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin to join the staff of the Milwaukee Free Press. He also edited for the International Labor News Service, a press agency of the day.
When the German invasion of Poland in 1939 led to World War II Lochner became the first foreign journalist to follow the German Army into battle. His bravery in remaining in Nazi Germany, despite the outbreak of hostilities, to provide objective and measured news coverage was rewarded with the 1939 Pulitzer Prize for correspondence.
After the December 1941 declaration of war between Germany and the United States, the Berlin government interned Americans remaining in the Third Reich. Lochner was held for nearly five months at Bad Nauheim near Frankfurt am Main before being released in May 1942 as part of a prisoner exchange for interned German diplomats and correspondents.
Upon his release Lochner took eight months leave of absence for an extended lecture tour throughout North America, which he spent publicly attacking Nazism and warning of its dangers. In this interval he wrote a book warning of the fascist menace, entitled What About Germany?
From 1942 to 1944 Lochner worked as a news analyst and radio commentator for the National Broadcasting Company. Thereafter he departed once again for Europe, working as a war correspondent until after the end of World War II.
In 1948 Lochner translated and edited a volume of diary material by the Nazi propaganda chief, Joseph Goebbels, which attained considerable commercial success. This set him on a new path as a writer of non-fiction books. During the 1950s Lochner published a further three volumes on various aspects of German history and current affairs.
Lochner also returned to his Lutheran roots as a member of the editorial board of The Lutheran Witness and a columnist for The Lutheran Layman and The Lutheran Witness Reporter.
In 1955 Lochner published his memoirs, Stets das Unerwartete: Erinnerungen aus Deutschland 1921-1953 (Always the Unexpected: Recollections of Germany 1921-1953). The English language edition of this volume was published in 1956.
Lochner spent his later years compiling a series of articles for the quarterly journal of the Wisconsin Historical Society, published on the campus of his alma mater, the University of Wisconsin.
Death and legacy
In 2005 a posthumous volume of Lochner's German journalism was published as Journalist at the Brink : Louis P. Lochner in Berlin, 1922-1942, edited by Morrell Heald.
Lochner's papers are held at the Concordia Institute in St. Louis, Missouri. An online finding aid is available. Many of the volumes from his personal library found their way to Valparaiso University in Indiana, an institution at which Lochner had lectured at various times during his career.
Books and pamphlets
- 'The Cosmopolitan Club Movement', in Gustav Spiller, ed., Papers on Inter-Racial Problems Communicated to the First Universal Races Congress, London: P. S. King, 1911, p. 439ff.
- Reprinted as The Cosmopolitan Club Movement, New York: American Association for International Conciliation, 1912.
- Internationalism Among Universities. Boston: World Peace Foundation, 1913.
- Personal Observations on the Outbreak of the War. Chicago: Chicago Peace Society, 1914.
- Pacifism and the Great War. Chicago: Chicago Peace Society, 1914.
- Wanted: Aggressive Pacifism. Chicago: Chicago Peace Society, 1915.
- The Neutral Conference for Continuous Mediation. Stockholm: Neutral Conference for Continuous Mediation, 1916.
- Mexico — Whose War? New York: The Peoples Print, n.d. [c. 1919].
- Die Staatsmännischen Experimente des Autokönigs Henry Ford (The Experiment in Statesmanship of Auto King Henry Ford). Munich: Verlag für Kulturpolitik, 1923.—Reissued as America's Don Quixote: Henry Ford's Attempt to Save Europe. (London, 1924) and Henry Ford: America's Don Quixote. (New York, 1925).
- What About Germany? New York: Dodd, Mead and Co., 1942.
- What About Poland? A Radio Broadcast over National Broadcasting Co. Beverly Hills, CA: Friends of Poland, 1944.
- Fritz Kreisler. New York: Macmillan, 1951.
- Tycoons and Tyrant: German Industry from Hitler to Adenauer. Chicago: Henry Regnery, 1954.
- Stets das Unerwartete: Erinnerungen aus Deutschland 1921-1953 (Always the Unexpected: Recollections of Germany, 1921–1953). Darmstadt: Franz Schneekluth Verlag, 1955.
- Always the Unexpected: A Book of Reminiscences. New York: Macmillan, 1956.
- Herbert Hoover and Germany. New York: Macmillan, 1960.
Edited or translated
- Margaret Leng, The Wood-Peasant's Grandchild. Germany: Johannes Herrmann, n.d. [c. 1920s].
- Rosa Luxemburg, Letters to Karl and Luise Kautsky from 1896 to 1918. New York, R.M. McBride and Co., 1925.
- Joseph Goebbels, The Goebbels Diaries, 1942-1943. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1948.
- "Our Man in Berlin: As an American journalist in Germany, Louis Lochner told the story of the rise and fall of the Third Reich," by Meg Jones, On Wisconsin Magazine, (Summer 2017.)
- "Communications and the Mass-Produced Mind," Wisconsin Magazine of History, vol. 41, no. 4 (Summer 1958), pp. 244–251.
- "Aboard the Airship Hindenburg: Louis P. Lochner's Diary of Its Maiden Flight to the United States," Wisconsin Magazine of History, vol. 49, no. 2 (Winter 1965/66), pp. 101–121.
- "Round Robins from Berlin: Louis P. Lochner's Letters to His Children, 1932-1941," Wisconsin Magazine of History, vol. 50, no. 4 (Summer 1967), pp. 291–336.
- "The Blitzkrieg in Belgium: A Newsman's Eyewitness Account," Wisconsin Magazine of History, vol. 50, no. 4 (Summer 1967), pp. 337–346.
- "Louis Lochner, 1887-1975," Traces.org. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
- Archibald Stevenson, ed., Revolutionary Radicalism: Its History, Purpose and Tactics with an Exposition and Discussion of the Steps Being Taken and Required to Curb It, Being the Report of the Joint Legislative Committee Investigating Seditious Activities, Filed April 24, 1920, in the Senate of the State of New York: Part 1: Revolutionary and Subversive Movements Abroad and at Home, Volume 1. Albany, NY: J.B. Lyon Co., 1920; pp. 971-972. Hereafter: Lusk Report.
- Stevenson (ed.), Lusk Report, vol. 1, pg. 974.
- Elizabeth A. Brennan, Elizabeth C. Clarage - Who's Who of Pulitzer Prize Winners
- Louis P. Lochner Family Collection finding aid, Concordia Historical Institute, Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, St. Louis, MO. chi.lcms.org/
- "Louis P. Lochner Collection," Archived 2011-08-20 at the Wayback Machine. Valparaiso University, library.valpo.edu/
- "Henry Ford Peace Expedition Records, 1915-1916," Collection: DG 018, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. www.swarthmore.edu/
- "Register of the Robert H. Lochner Papers," Collection no. 2007C33, Online Archive of California.
- Barbara S. Kraft, The Peace Ship: Henry Ford's Pacifist Adventure in the First World War. New York: Macmillan, 1978.
- Meg Jones, "World War II Milwaukee." The History Press, 2015
- "Louis Lochner, 1887-1975," Traces website, www.traces.org/ —Includes excellent account of Lochner's interment.