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Marion Dönhoff

AKA Marion Hedda Ilse Gräfin Dönhoff

Born: 2-Dec-1909
Birthplace: Kaliningrad, Russia
Died: 11-Mar-2002
Location of death: Berlin, Germany
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Female
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Journalist, Activist

Nationality: Germany
Executive summary: Die Zeit

German journalist Marion Dönhoff was active in the anti-Nazi resistance leading up to World War II, and involved in a failed 1944 attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. She was co-founder and eventually co-publisher with Helmut Schmidt of the widely-read left-wing weekly Die Zeit. She was called the Red Countess, and she was an actual countess, but she was never truly "red" -- she called for capitalism with a social conscience. She spent her career in advocacy for people denied their basic rights, in East Germany or eastern Europe, the Middle East, and South Africa, and she was an outspoken advocate of German reunification. Dönhoff never married, and worked at Die Zeit until just months before her death at the age of 92.

Father: Count August Karl Dönhoff (diplomat)
Mother: Maria von Lepel

    University: BS Economics, University of Frankfurt
    University: PhD, University of Basel (1935)

    Friedenspreis des Deutschen Buchhandels 1971

Author of books:
Names That No-One Mentions Any More (1962)
Foe into Friend: The Makers of the New Germany from Konrad Adenauer to Helmut Schmidt (1982)
Before the Storm: Memories of My Youth in Old Prussia (1990)

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