From Kristallnacht to Watergate: Memoirs of a Newspaperman

Rosenfeld, Harry

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Synopsis: In this powerful memoir, Harry Rosenfeld describes his years as an editor at the New York Herald Tribune and the Washington Post, two of the greatest American newspapers in the second half of the turbulent twentieth century. After playing key roles at the Herald Tribune as it battled fiercely for its survival, he joined the Post under the leadership of Ben Bradlee and Katharine Graham as they were building the paper's national reputation. As the Post's Metropolitan editor, Rosenfeld managed Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they broke the Watergate story, overseeing the paper's standard-setting coverage that eventually earned it the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service. In describing his complicated relationship with Bradlee and offering an insider's perspective on the unlikely partnership of Woodward and Bernstein, Rosenfeld depicts the tensions and challenges, triumphs and setbacks that accompanied the Post's key role in Watergate, the most potent political scandal in America's history.
Rosenfeld also tells the gripping story of growing up in Hitler's Berlin. He saw his father taken away by the Gestapo in the middle of the night, and on Kristallnacht, the prelude to the Holocaust, he witnessed the burning of his synagogue and walked through streets littered with the shattered glass of Jewish businesses. After his family found refuge in America, his childhood experiences stayed with him and ultimately influenced his decision to make journalism his life's work.
At a time when newspapers and other media are under financial pressure to cut back on investigative reporting, From Kristallnacht to Watergate reminds us why journalism matters, and why good journalism is essential to our democracy.
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"A terrific memoir by one of the great newspapermen of the era. Harry Rosenfeld was one of the key editors on Watergate. As a reader will see here, he is probing, open-minded, dogged, and unsparing of everyone including himself. Not everyone will agree with all the details, but this is real history, illuminating and told honestly with a deep sense of the moral obligation of the press." -- Bob Woodward, coauthor of All the President's Men

"Rarely has a newspaperman's personality and experience intersected so perfectly with his time--and then been so evocatively expressed in a memoir. Harry Rosenfeld's American journey tells a great and moving tale." -- Carl Bernstein, coauthor of All the President's Men

"This is a great American story--From Kristallnacht to Watergate, the inspiring saga of Harry Rosenfeld, arriving as a refugee and rising to the inner circle of journalists who uncovered the greatest scandal in the history of the Presidency. Harry tells it all with wit and panache, with a side order of knishes." -- Tom Brokaw

"What an American journey! Harry Rosenfeld rises from a nine-year-old Jewish refugee kid who can't speak a word of English to become a pivotal Washington Post editor in charge of the Watergate story and overseeing Woodward and Bernstein. Further, Harry is there, on the ground, reporting from Vietnam. He has been a frontline soldier in the contemporary revolution in American journalism. His story is America's story in the last half century. And he tells it with compelling readability in From Kristallnacht to Watergate."-- Joseph E. Persico, author of Roosevelt's Centurions: FDR and the Commanders He Led to Victory in World War II

About the Author: Harry Rosenfeld spent his working life as a newspaperman--editor, war correspondent, columnist.  Retired since 1998, he is a consultant to the Times Union of Albany and continues as a member of its editorial board.  He had been hired in 1978 to be the first editor of two Hearst Albany newspapers. A Sunday column he wrote as editor and continued for many years in retirement, was distributed nationally. 

Before Albany, Rosenfeld was an Assistant Managing Editor of The Washington Post in charge of the Watergate expose.  In twelve years at The Post, Rosenfeld also headed the foreign, national and book reviews and opinion sections.

Rosenfeld began his newspaper career at The New York Herald Tribune and eventually served as Managing Editor of the Herald Tribune News Service and as Foreign Editor of the paper. 
Rosenfeld was chosen as a Pulitzer juror four times and was elected to twelve terms as Vice Chairman of the New York State Conference on Fair Trial/Free Press.  He served on three New York State Commissions studying the use of cameras in the courts.

Rosenfeld was the first recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award established by Syracuse University's College of Arts and Sciences.  He was honored with the First Amendment Award of the Anti-Defamation League of B'nai B'rith in Los Angeles for Watergate as well as the Freedom of Information Award from the Associated Press. 

Born in Berlin, Germany in 1929, he emigrated to the U.S. with his family in May, 1939. He was graduated from Stuyvesant High School in New York City and from Syracuse University in 1952 with a B.A. in American Literature.   He did graduate work Columbia University in public policy and international relations. 

He is a veteran of the Korean War. Married to Anne Hahn since 1953, they have three daughters and seven grandchildren.

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