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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