Michael Davidson (journalist)
|Born||1897 (age 121–122)|
|Died||1976 (aged 78–79)|
|Alma mater||Lancing College|
Life and work
Davidson joined the army in 1914. After being wounded in 1916, he became a newspaper reporter and a supporter of the Communist Party. He translated a number of anti-Nazi books. When he lived in Berlin in early to mid-1930s, he wrote newspaper articles about the full implications of Hitler's ideology, which he had seen up-close, but British newspapers were not interested in publishing the articles. After being harassed by the SA for being British, a communist, and a homosexual, Davidson fled Germany. He spent the rest of his life serving as a foreign correspondent for The Observer, The News Chronicle, The New York Times and other newspapers.
Davidson was open with his love for adolescent boys. His 1962 autobiography "The World, the Flesh and Myself" begins: "This is the life-history of a lover of boys." His follow-up memoir "Some Boys" (1970) focused entirely on the boys he had met around the world, while working as a foreign correspondent.
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