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 Frederick Wilhelm Kaltenbach

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Frederick Wilhelm Kaltenbach

  • Birth 29 Mar 1895 Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, USA
  • Death Oct 1945 Germany
  • Burial Body lost or destroyed
  • Memorial ID 44615833

German Radio Broadcaster. He was called "Lord Hee Haw" by listeners who compared him to fellow Nazi broadcaster "Lord Haw Haw" William Joyce. He taught economics, business law, and debate at Dubuque Senior High School during the 1931 to 1932 school year. During the 1934 to 1935 school year, he organized the "Militant Order of Spartan Knights", a boys group that met outside of school for picnics, hikes, and boxing at the Y.M.C.A. Also he had the boys wear brown shirts and participate in shooting practice with .22 rifles. Local parents in Dubuque grew concerned and this led to his dismissal from the school district by the school board on May 13, 1935. After his dismissal, he left for Germany and began reading Nazi press releases in English in 1936. During World War II, he became one of Joseph Goebbels' favorite broadcasters and one of Nazi Germany's most famous propagandists. His voice was heard from Berlin every Monday evenings as he did his "Dear Harry" program in which he talk about his hometown. On Tuesday evenings he did a series called "German Contributions to Making America". His other radio shows included "Jim and Johnny", "Military Review", and "Fritz and Fred". He, along with seven other Americans were indicted for treason by a District of Columbia grand jury in 1943. He was arrested by Russian combat troops in Berlin on June 14, 1945, and sent to a detention camp in Soviet territory. There were attempts to trade two S.S. guards for Kaltenbach, but they were not successful. The Russians later reported that he had died while a prisoner.


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  • Created by: Mr. Badger Hawkeye
  • Added: 20 Nov 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 44615833
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Frederick Wilhelm Kaltenbach (29 Mar 1895–Oct 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 44615833, ; Maintained by Mr. Badger Hawkeye (contributor 46542485) Body lost or destroyed.