The celebration of her 105-years on planet Earth last October would be plenty of reason to have taken note of British journalist Clare Hollingsworth. The BBC informed the world today that Hollingsworth, the war correspondent who broke the news that Nazi Germany had invaded Poland to start World War II, passed away today in Hong Kong.
Per the BBC report, Hollingsworth’s telling in The Daily Telegraph first had it that “1,000 tanks massed on Polish border. Ten divisions reported ready for swift strike.” When Germany invaded three days later, Hollingsworth added the second half of her scoop that, for the significance within the course of human affairs, was not hyperbole in being called “the scoop of the century.”
Hollingsworth continued to report from Poland during the second Great War of the 20th century, and later reported from Hungary, Turkey, Greece, and Egypt. Further reporting from the Middle East only added to her reputation, which led to an interview with the Shah of Iran. It is reported that the BBC recognized that Hollingsworth’s “depth of technical, tactical and strategic insight set her apart” as a war correspondent.
Eyewitnesses to history from the 1930s are growing scarcer and scarcer. Books like Anthony Doerr’s fictional All the Light We Cannot See, as discussed on this blog, can help us remember the feelings and history of the past.
While I am thankful for that connection to the past as presented by Doerr, and others, it is hard not to feel like a more tangible connection was lost today.
Matt – Tuesday, January 10, 2017