Jack Martin Fleischer, who as a journalist covered Europe in World War II and watched the continent flourish again after he became a diplomat has died, according to his daughter, Josie Cote. He was 91.
Fleisher died Thursday, Cote said. Fleischer grew up in Wisconsin, where he learned German from his grandfather.
Fleischer was living in Berlin at the start of the war and covered the war for United Press. The Nazis held him and other journalists and diplomats in a hotel for five months.
Fleischer returned to United Press headquarters in Stockholm, where he continued to cover the war, traveling across Europe by Jeep.
After the war, Fleischer joined the U.S. State Department and spent the next 20 years living in various parts of Europe. In Munich, Fleischer was the editor in chief of Die Neue Zeitung, an American-sponsored newspaper.
Fleischer and his wife, Ann-Charlotte, lived on a farm in Italy for 22 years before moving to Arkansas.