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Paul Hofman, Nazi Informer and 'NYT' Reporter, Dies

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Paul Hofman, Nazi Informer and 'NYT' Reporter, Dies

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Paul Hofmann, an Austrian who informed on his Nazi commanders in occupied Rome and later became a New York Times correspondent and author, has died, the newspaper reported Thursday. He was 96.

Hofmann died in Rome on Tuesday, the Times quoted his son, Alexander Hofmann-Lord, as saying.

An ardent opponent of Nazism, Hofmann fled his native Vienna for Rome after German troops occupied his homeland. He was eventually drafted into the German Army and posted to Rome, where he worked as the personal interpreter for two successive Nazi commanders, Gen. Rainer Stahel and Gen. Kurt Maelzer, the Times said.

After befriending members of Rome's anti-Fascist Resistance, Hofmann passed information gleaned from his work onto the underground, including intelligence on the deportation of Jews from Rome and the killing of 335 Italians at the Ardeatine Caves on the outskirts of Rome, the Times said. That March 24, 1944 massacre was in retaliation for an attack by Italian resistance fighters that killed 33 members of a Nazi military police unit. …

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