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A Close Encounter with the Third Reich


In 1939, Angus M. Thuermer was an eager young journalist working for the Associated Press in Berlin.

Every once in a while, he'd take a roundabout route on his morning commute in order to pass by the Third Reich's offices just to see what was going on--usually nothing.

Then one day, as he was walking down the street, a six wheeled Horch limousine came rolling down the street with two SS guards driving it and a single passenger in the backseat.

As the limo drove passed him, Mr. Thuermer made eye contact with that lonely passenger. He was so close, he could even see that the man's irises were blue.

"He looks out at me, and I look at him, and all of a sudden he goes," and gives a German salute, Mr. Thuermer told the Newseum. "Now that's my intimacy with Adolf Hitler."

Mr. Thuermer, who died April 14 and is the subject of Sunday's local life, loved to tell stories of his times as a journalist and later as a spy with the CIA.

Please feel free to leave your memories of him below.

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By T. Rees Shapiro  |  May 8, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  Local Lives , Military , World War II  | Tags: Adolf Hitler, Associated Press, Berlin, Germany, History, Newseum, Schutzstaffel, Third Reich  
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