EXPIRED: 10/09/09 – Richard Sonnenfeldt, 86, was a Jewish refugee who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, help liberate Nuremburg, interrogate Nazi war criminals and then still had enough energy left over to help RCA create color television.
A German-born Jew, Sonnenfeldt, fled Germany at 15 only to come back 7 years later as a United States Army private to interrogate several Nazis as war criminals.
Since he could speak both German and English, he was chosen to participated in the pretrial interrogations of prisoners, one being Hitler’s designated successor.
Sonnenfeldt details the bizarre turn of events in his autobiography, “Witness to Nuremberg.”
When not thinking about Nazis or color TV, he passed the time crossing the Atlantic in a 45-foot sailboat, not once but three times. All after he reached his 70th birthday.