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Joseph Wechsberg (born 29 August 1907 in Ostrava, Moravia. died 10 April 1983 in Vienna, Austria) was a Czech writer, journalist, musician, and gourmet.

Wechsberg was raised in the Jewish faith. His grandfather had been a prosperous banker, but the family assets were lost in the First World War; also, his father fell in the First World War.

Wechsberg was educated in German and Czech. He learned to play the violin at eight years of age. In 1927 and 1929 he had served as a violinist on cruise ships to New York and the Orient. He later described his experiences as a musician in Europe and on cruise ships in "Looking for a Bluebird" (1948). In 1930, he obtained a law degree in Prague. At the same time, he worked as a journalist. One of his first published accounts, a travel report about his personal experiences in the Far East, was banned in the Third Reich.

In 1936 Wechsberg worked as a parliamentary secretary for the Jewish Party and as assistant advocate in Prague. He was sent to America by the Czech government 1938 as an expert to give lectures on the Sudeten problem. After his arrival, he was advised to not return to Europe since the situation had worsened through the Munich agreement. Wechsberg then became an American citizen. Up to that point, he had written in German, Czech and French; most of his accounts, however, are written in English. They were only partly and often much later translated into German. His magazine stories were published in Esquire and The New Yorker in 1943.

In 1943 Wechsberg was called to serve in the American army; he was detailed to Europe and worked there as armed forces correspondent. After the war Wechsberg worked for the U.S. War Crimes Commission (Wechsberg 1967, p. 99) in 1945, and the American Office of Strategic Services in 1946 (Wechsberg 1967, p. 90). He published numerous accounts and contributions for different newspapers and magazines. From 1949 until his end he worked as a European correspondent for The New Yorker magazine.

In 1967, he published The Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Memoirs, in which he fused the research of Simon Wiesenthal with his own direct observations while working for the OSS and War Crimes Commission. In that book, he details how much of the Nazi political machine was preserved in Germany, and also through asylum overseas in Argentina, Chile, and Paraguay. His research is corroborated in the book The New Germany and the Old Nazis by economist, journalist, and U.S. War Crimes Commission member T.H. Tetens, as well in as the earlier book Germany Will Try It Again by Norwegian-American journalist Sigrid Schultz who lived in Berlin during the rise of the Third Reich, and in The Secrets of the SS by World War II bomber pilot Glenn Infield, who met SS officers first-hand in the years following the war and gives an even more detailed account of post-war international Nazi and fascist activity and organizations.

Joseph Wechsberg died in Vienna on April 10, 1983.

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Total Books: 37
Trifles Make Perfection
2004 - Trifles Make Perfection (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781567922424
ISBN-10: 1567922422
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction

Trifles Make Perfection The Selected Essays of Joseph Wechsberg
Blue Trout and Black Truffles The Peregrinations of an Epicure
1985 - Blue Trout and Black Truffles the Peregrinations of an Epicure (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780897331340
ISBN-10: 0897331346
Genres: Cookbooks, Food & Wine, Travel
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

Lost World of the Great Spas
1979 - Lost World of the Great Spas (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780297776802
ISBN-10: 0297776800

The Merchant Bankers A Fascinating Candid Chronicle of the Great Financial Families of the World
1979 - The Merchant Bankers a Fascinating Candid Chronicle of the Great Financial Families of the World (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780671833060
ISBN-10: 0671833065
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.

1977 - Schubert (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780297773719
ISBN-10: 0297773712

Dream Towns of Europe
1976 - Dream Towns of Europe (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780297771951
ISBN-10: 0297771957

Looking for a Bluebird
1974 - Looking for a Bluebird (Hardcover)Audio Cassette
ISBN-13: 9780837172347
ISBN-10: 0837172349
Genre: Literature & Fiction

The Glory of the Violin
1973 - The Glory of the VIolin (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780670342662
ISBN-10: 0670342661
Genre: Humor & Entertainment

The Opera
1972 - The Opera (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780297995081
ISBN-10: 0297995081

Cooking of Vienna's Empire
1968 - Cooking of VIenna's Empire (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780809400324
ISBN-10: 0809400324

The Lost World of the Great Spas
The Lost World of the Great Spas (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780060145842
ISBN-10: 0060145846

The waltz emperors The life and times and music of the Strauss family
Verdi (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780297768180
ISBN-10: 0297768182

The Cooking of Vienna's Empire
The Cooking of VIenna's Empire (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780316263146
ISBN-10: 0316263141

In Leningrad
In Leningrad (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780385015639
ISBN-10: 0385015631

The Vienna I knew Memories of a European childhood
The VIenna I Knew Memories of a European Childhood (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780385126748
ISBN-10: 0385126743
Genres: History, Humor & Entertainment

Cooking of Vienna's Empire Recipe Bk
Cooking of VIenna's Empire Recipe Bk [Foods of the World] (Other)
ISBN-13: 9780705402118
ISBN-10: 0705402118

Schubert His life his work his time
Schubert His Life His Work His Time (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780847801220
ISBN-10: 0847801225

Prague The Mystical City
Prague the Mystical City (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780999180716
ISBN-10: 0999180711

Kulinarische Stdtebilder
Kulinarische Stdtebilder (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9783880340978
ISBN-10: 3880340978