The British war correspondent Clare Hollingworth, who broke the news that World War II had started, died on January 10, 2017 at the age of 105 in Hong Kong.
Hollingworth worked more than 30 years for The Daily Telegraph and The Guardian as a foreign correspondent. She covered conflicts in Iran, Egypt, Pakistan, and Vietnam. She wrote 5 books: Poland's Three Weeks' War, There's a German Right Behind Me, The Arabs and the West, Mao and the Men Against Him, and Front Lin» memoirs.
A year before the start of the Second World War, Hollingworth was in Poland, where she arranged the issue of evacuating 3500 Polish Jews to Britain.
Hollingworth knew, that the war was inevitable. She traveled in consul’s car to Germany to get wine and aspirin supplies. When she was passing along the border line, which was separated by linen partitions, there suddenly rose a wind, and she saw thousands of tanks. It was her first sensational article at the beginning of World War II.
Three days later, on September 1, 1939, Hollingworth woke up to the sounds of tanks. She tried to bring that information to the editor, the British and Polish foreign media, but they did not believe her and continue considering, that they were negotiating with Germany.
British war correspondent Clare Hollingworth, who broke the news that World War II had started, died on January 10, 2017 at the age of 105 pic.twitter.com/kvQzdjIrZm— AFP news agency (@AFP) January 10, 2017