- James P. O'Donnell
James P. O'Donnell (30 July 1917,
Baltimore, Maryland, USA - April 1990, Boston, Massachusetts, USA) was an author, historianand journalist.
O'Donnell was educated at
Harvard Universityand worked as a journalist, mostly for magazine. He was a friend of the Kennedy family. During World War IIhe served in the U.S. Army Signal Corpsuntil July 2, 1945, when he resigned to become " Newsweek" magazine's German bureau chief. In this capacity, he arrived in Berlinon July 4.
O'Donnell bribed the
Sovietsoldier guarding the entrance to Hitler's Berlin bunker, but becoming the first non-Soviet to examine it. He found and took numerous top secret Nazi documents. After using these documents and interviews with many of the last occupants of the Führerbunkerin his later publications, he became an authority on the death of Adolf Hitler, and ultimately published his collected findings in his 1978 book, " The Bunker".
After his tenure with "Newsweek", O'Donnell worked for many years as a freelance journalist in
Germany, and published pieces in magazines ranging from " Life magazine" to " The Saturday Evening Post".
He later joined the
U.S. State Departmentas an adviser on Berlin. He spent his last years as a journalism professor at Boston University.
Portrayal in Media
In the film adaptation of "The Bunker", actor
James Naughtonportrays O'Donnell during a reconstruction of his first visit to the Führerbunker in July 1945.
*Sailing to Byzantium;: A study in the development of the later style and symbolism in the poetry of William Butler Yeats (1971) ISBN 0374961417
*The Bunker: The History of the Reich Chancellery Group (1978) ISBN 0306809583
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