From Kristallnacht to Watergate

Memoirs of a Newspaperman by Harry Rosenfeld

“What an American journey! Harry Rosenfeld rises from a nine-year-old Jewish refugee kid...to become a pivotal Washington Post editor in charge of the Watergate story and overseeing Woodward and Bernstein...His story is America‘s story in the last half century.”
—Joseph E. Persico

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“A great and moving tale.”
—Carl Bernstein

“A terrific memoir by one of the great newspapermen of the era.”
—Bob Woodward

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“A great American story... [an] inspiring saga.” -Tom Brokaw

NYT's Sam Roberts: "You'll be fascinated"

February 9, 2014

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In his New York Times Bookshelf column today Sam Roberts writes: "If you liked the hard-driving Jack Warden character in 'All the President's Men,' (more…)

Dec. 7: Standing Room Only at D.C.'s Newseum with Len Downie

December 11, 2013

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Leonard Downie Jr., former executive editor of The Washington Post, interviews Harry Rosenfeld for Inside Media.


PBS's New York Now with Casey Seiler

November 29, 2013

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Casey Seiler interviewed me on October 4th. It starts at about 8 minutes, 10 seconds into the program:

Washington Post: "Re-creates the drama of politics and the press during Washington’s tumultuous 1970s."

November 29, 2013

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In his November 22nd review in The Washington Post, Mark Feldstein writes: "At a time when journalism seeks to reinvent itself, Rosenfeld’s story is a reminder of the need for fearless reporting that pursues the truth no matter where it leads. "

Rosenfeld Draws Standing Room Only Crowd to College of St. Rose

October 29, 2013

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Harry interviewed by Rex Smith, Editor of the Albany Times Union...

"A history lesson on the development... of several influential newspapers."

October 16, 2013

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Nice review in O'Dwyers:

"Former Washington Post Metropolitan Editor Harry Rosenfeld’s new memoir From Kristallnacht to Watergate is an uplifting personal story and a clear-eyed look at the craft and business of journalism... In an era of Twitter and blogs, this book is a history lesson on the development and production of several influential newspapers." (more…)

On WNYT's Forum 13 with Phil Bayly in Albany

October 16, 2013

Harry's appearance, October 16:

Paul Grondahl Wrote a Nice Article on What It's Like to Edit Me

October 10, 2013

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Paul Grondahl, an excellent journalist (I've regretted some hiring decisions, but never that one -- Paul developed into one of the finest reporters I've ever worked with) and gifted book author, served as editor for my memoir. He wrote about the experience for the Albany Times Union last month. His description of how we worked together is accurate:

"Hour after hour, night after night, I sat next to Harry Rosenfeld in front of his home computer and we wrestled with words. We sat shoulder to shoulder and brawled over syntax. I advocated for simple declarative sentences. He complained that I was cutting too much meat off the bone of his thoughts. He gritted his teeth and pounded the keys the way a carpenter drives nails.

"Sometimes, I seized control of the mouse and did a quick cut-and-paste to move a paragraph. He threw up his hands and relented. I reached for a thesaurus after we spent five minutes debating the merits of a particular word.

"We pined for late-night breaks and his wife Annie's delicious homemade brownies, warm from the oven. Between bites and sips of coffee, we bemoaned the declining stature of newspapers.

"Back at the computer keyboard, we argued. We laughed. We cursed."

To see the whole thing, go to the Time Union's website.,

This part, near the end of the article, sounds right, too:

"But my favorite part in the entire 359 pages is how Harry met Annie. It is a beautiful love story.

"As we worked, if doubt arose when double-checking a recollection, Harry's voice pierced the still house and he went straight to the source: "Annie! Annie!" Harry shouted out a question about something that happened one-half century ago. Annie yelled back an answer.

"Harry dedicated his book to Annie."

Which, of course, is true. It couldn't have been dedicated to anyone else.

WAMC Roundtable with Joe Donahue

September 15, 2013

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On Friday, I sat down with Joe Donahue of WAMC, Albany's public radio station, for a roundtable discussion of my book. I enjoyed our talk immensely.

If you'd care to listen, the conversation is available at WAMC's fine website, the conversation is available at WAMC's fine website, in two parts.

Here's Joe's written introduction to Part 1 of the interview:

"Harry Rosenfeld worked for years as an editor at the New York Herald Tribune and the Washington Post, two of the greatest American newspapers in the second half of the turbulent twentieth century. After playing key roles at the Herald Tribune as it battled fiercely for its survival, he joined the Post under the leadership of Ben Bradlee and Katharine Graham as they were building the paper's national reputation."

Here's a link to Part 1 of my conversation with Joe Donahue.

Here's Joe's written introduction to Part 2 of the interview:

"As the Post's Metropolitan editor, Rosenfeld managed Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein as they broke the Watergate story, overseeing the paper's standard-setting coverage that eventually earned it the Pulitzer Prize Gold Medal for Public Service.

"He writes about his life in his book, From Kristallnacht to Watergate: Memoirs of a Newspaperman. In the memoir, he also shares his story of growing up in Hitler's Berlin. He saw his father taken away by the Gestapo in the middle of the night, and on Kristallnacht, the prelude to the Holocaust, he witnessed the burning of his synagogue and walked through streets littered with the shattered glass of Jewish businesses."

Here's the link to the audio for Part 2 of my conversation with Joe Donahue.