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Melvin J. Lasky

Melvin J. LaskyAKA Melvin Jonah Lasky

Born: 15-Jan-1920
Birthplace: New York City
Died: 19-May-2004
Location of death: Berlin, Germany
Cause of death: Heart Failure
Remains: Buried, Waldfriedhof Heerstrasse, Berlin, Germany

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Journalist

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Editor of journal Encounter

Military service: US Army (combat historian, 1944-46)

During WWII Lasky was a combat historian in France and Germany, and an assistant to the U.S. Military Governor of Berlin in early postwar years. Subsequently, he founded and was Editor of the anti-Communist journal Encounter, which was in April 1966 shown by The New York Times (Lasky claimed this was without his knowledge) to be secretly financed by the CIA, via the front organization Congress for Cultural Freedom. Despite questions over source of funding, it does not appear that Lasky was under the influence of those organizations.

Father: Samuel Lasky
Mother: Esther Kantrowitz
Wife: Brigitte Newiger (m. 13-Dec-1947, div, 1974, one son, one daughter)
Son: Oliver Lasky
Daughter: Vivienne Freeman-Lasky
Girlfriend: Helga Hegewisch (German novelist)

    University: BSS, City College of New York
    University: MA History, University of Michigan

    Encounter Editor (1958-90)
    Committee for the Free World

Appears in articles:
The New York Times, 22-May-2004, DETAILS: Melvin J. Lasky, Cultural Cold Warrior, Dies at 84, BYLINE: Richard Bernstein

Author of books:
The Hungarian Revolution (1957, nonfiction)
Africa for Beginners (1962, nonfiction)
Utopia and Revolution (1976, nonfiction)
On the Barricades, and Off (1989, memoir)
Voices in a Revolution (1991, nonfiction)

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