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Born in Lancaster, New York in 1893, she had two siblings. Her mother passed away when Dorothy was seven years old, and her father, remarried a few years later. Unfortunately, Dorothy didn’t get along with her stepmother, and she was sent to live with her aunts. After receiving her bachelor’s degree in 1914, she moved to Buffalo where she threw herself into woman’s suffrage and quickly rose to a leadership position. Three years later, the state would grant women the right to vote.
Highly ambitious, Dorothy decided she wanted to be a journalist and moved
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The incident exhibited her willingness to do whatever it took to get the story, no matter how risky. As a result she was offered a full-time job as the Vienna correspondent and Central European bureau chief for the Philadelphia Public Ledger. Quite an achievement for a women of the time.
She did quite well, and her reputation grew. Most of her articles covered the political situation in Europe, and she focused heavily on the emerging leader of the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi), Adolph Hitler. Her star continued to rise and by 1927, she was head of the New York Post’s Berlin bureau. She continued to keep an eye on the Germany where her work came to the attention of the Nazi party, and in 1931, she was invited to interview Hitler for Cosmopolitan.
Three years later, she would expand the article into a book, I Saw Hitler, in which she would write: “He is formless, almost faceless, a man whose countenance is a caricature, a man whose framework seems cartilaginous, without bones. He is inconsequential and voluble, ill poised and insecure. He is the very prototype of the little man.”
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Despite all the good she did, Dorothy wasn’t without controversy. She made disparaging remarks about African-American voters in 1936, and after WWII wrote columns criticizing right wing Zionist terrorism toward the British. In 1961, she passed away in Lisbon, Portugal while visiting her grandsons.
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