Robert H. Lochner

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Robert H. Lochner was born in New York City, New York back in 1918 to Louis and Emmy.  He grew up in Berlin, Germany.  He studied one semester at the University of Berlin before moving back to the United States.  He continued his education taking a B.S. and an M.A. in Political Science and Economics at the University of Chicago.

After graduation he worked for NBC during World War II, returning to Germany as a U.S. soldier in 1945.  With his knowledge of the German language he became chief interpreter for the US occupation forces in Western Germany, until he took a position as chief editor of the Neue Zeitung newspaper in Frankfort in 1949.  He was also head of a radio station supported by the US government in West Berlin. He died in 2003 from pulmonary embolism.

What you may not know about Robert is that in 1963, he helped President John Kennedy practice his speck using the phrase “Ich bin ein Berliner” (I am a Berliner).

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Comments (19)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi James - too bad.  When Kennedy inserted" ein" in the statement he said he was a donut not a citizen of Berlin.

Jul 16, 2021 03:11 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

I remember the "donut" controversy. 

Jul 16, 2021 03:32 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Yup, I remember that James.  By the way, that phrase was not quite correct. It should have been Ich bin Berliner. When he said Ich bin ein Berliner he was referring to a donut. Fortunately, most people don't know enough German to realize that.

Jul 16, 2021 03:43 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I don't remember this at all, but it is funny, especially from soneone who was a German interpreter!

Jul 16, 2021 04:08 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

The fun so many have with different languages!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Jul 16, 2021 05:01 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I guess I don't understand politics and I am fine with that but why would he say he was a citizen of Berlin?

Jul 16, 2021 05:02 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. I have faint memory of this because in 1963 I was not focused on politics or international relations. Enjoy your day.

Jul 16, 2021 05:41 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Politicians run in circles like donuts, and Brian England made a valid point.  Why be a citizen of Berlin? A

Jul 16, 2021 06:01 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Always loved the line "I am a jelly donut".   Thanks for the post, enjoy your Friday.  Bring on the weekend. Bill Salvatore

Jul 16, 2021 06:18 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Interesting James Dray but I'm afraid that this is one of those bits of information that I will forget as soon as I read the next post on my list.

Jul 16, 2021 06:20 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Good Friday morning, James.

Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Jul 16, 2021 07:41 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Yep I remember all that controversy about the speech but didn't recognize Lochner's name.

Jul 16, 2021 08:02 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning and thank you James! Younger folks today have no idea how important that one sentence was.

Jul 16, 2021 08:26 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Very nice. I remember when President Reagan went and gave the speech that helped the Germans get rid of the wall for good. I wonder what he thought of when he saw that happen?

Jul 16, 2021 09:46 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- well after reading the comments, I'm hungry for a doughnut!!!

Jul 16, 2021 12:00 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, you always introduce us to those individuals we probably would not know.  Thx for the follow.

Jul 16, 2021 04:43 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Oh that is the famous speech writer that helped him with I am a Berliner, one of president Kennedy's best speeches James Dray 

Jul 16, 2021 08:02 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - no empty calories nor useless brain cells wasted --- more good information.  Quite satisfying.  

Jul 19, 2021 07:13 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

What an interesting insight into how President Kennedy’s iconic phrase became a footnote in history.

Nov 02, 2021 09:13 AM