Gemma Pörzgen


Freelance journalist, Berlin

Milena Jesenská Visiting Fellow
(September – November 2015)


A Life in Moscow

I´m working on a book about my father Hermann Pörzgen, in parts a biography of a prominent German Moscow correspondent and in parts reflections about a life torn between ideologies of the 20th century, written from a daughter’s perspective. He worked as Moscow correspondent for the “Frankfurter Zeitung” from 1936-1941, spent 11 years in KGB prisons and later served again as Moscow correspondent, this time for the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung”, until his death in 1976.