Erwin Frenkel

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Erwin Frenkel was born an only child in the small rural village of Sohren, Germany in 1933. His family fled the Nazis in 1937 and emigrated to the United States, settling in New York City and then in Erie, Pennsylvania. Frenkel graduated from Academy High School in Erie, received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in Connecticut and his M.A. in history from Harvard University in 1956 before coming to study in Israel in 1958 where he settled permanently in 1960. He joined the Jerusalem Post as a temporary diplomatic reporter and was made a permanent staff member in 1961. He served as an editorial writer, news editor, features editor and, with Ari Rath, shared the position of Editor-in-Chief for nearly 15 years. As he recounts in his 1994 book, The Press and Politics in Israel: The Jerusalem Post from 1932 to the Present, Frenkel resigned in 1989 after the newspaper was purchased by Hollinger Inc., a Canadian media company based in Toronto which took the Jerusalem Post’s editorial policy in a different direction. Between 2001 and 2017, Frenkel and his wife Etha ran the Beit Frenkel bed & breakfast in the Galilee.

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