REWIND with Jürgen Todenhöfer – The first Western journalist to visit ISIS
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Jürgen Todenhöfer is a German publicist, doctor of law, former media manager and politician. He first entered German parliament for the CDU (Christian Social Democrats) in 1972, visited dictator Augusto Pinochet in Chile in order to secure the release of political prisoners there, pushed for a reduction in US and Russian ICBM’s (intercontinental ballistic missiles) and supported the politics of German reunification. Todenhöfer was the first CDU politician to make public his entire income and was working as the head of Hubert Burda Media. In 1990 he retired from politics and public life and only resurfaced after the terror attacks of 9/11. Since then he has openly criticized the American interventions in Afghanistan and Iraq in many books. He has traveled to war zones, the countries of the “Arab Spring” and the so-called “Islamic State”, has interviewed Baschar al-Assad and the Ayatollahs of Iran, and was present in Gaza during the Israeli assault known as “Operation Protective Edge”.
Todenhöfer published numerous best-selling books. His books center around his conviction that peace should be achieved through negotiations only. In 2003 he wrote “Who cries for Abdul and Tanaya?”, decribing the war-stricken lives of a young Afghan boy and a young Iraqi girl. He wrote “Andy and Marwa” in 2005 wherein he describes the fate of the American Andy and the Iraqi girl Marwa during the Iraq war. It was followed in 2008 by the bestseller “Why do you kill, Zaid ?” which was followed most recently in 2013 by his last book “Thou shalt not kill”.