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Mark Fritz

Mark Fritz was a foreign correspondent for the The Associated Press in East Berlin and in West Africa. The stories he covered include the unification of Germany, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the U.S. occupation of Bosnia, and the wars in Rwanda, Somalia, the Persian Gulf and Liberia. For his coverage from Rwanda, he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1995 and his dispatches were selected for the book Best Newspaper Writing: 1995. He is now a national correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, based in New York.

Articles featured here by Mark Fritz

  • The Secret History of World War II
    The Boston Globe
    March 11 - December 3, 2001
    The Boston Globe reexamines the history of World War II in light of the release of millions of previously classified documents. This series is based on some of the more than 3 million files the CIA is declassifying as part of a global effort to unlock the last stash of secrets about World War II war crimes.

  • The Secret (Insurance) Agent Men
    Los Angeles Times
    September 22, 2000
    American insurance companies had been competing furiously for overseas business even after the United States entered the war, and the OSS files suggest that details about U.S. factories and cities were falling into enemy hands because of the interlocking international relationships among insurance companies.
    The documents also said that two New York insurance executives, Cecil Stewart and Stewart Hopps, also came under scrutiny for selling war insurance to strategic U.S. industries and reselling some of the risk to Latin American affiliates linked to Nazi insurers. The men also ran a steamship company that chartered tankers for Royal Dutch Shell, a Nazi collaborator that used [Adolf Hitler]'s slave laborers.
    When the tide of the war began to turn and German insurers began losing money, the U.S. insurance agents learned that Nazi insurers were pleading for peace. A source in Stockholm revealed in late 1943 that insurers advised Hitler's people that "ruin threatens all life and fire insurance companies in Germany." WWII unit gathered underwriters’ data, such as bomb plant blueprints, from warring nations, declassified U.S. files show.

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