Levy, Alan 1932-2004

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LEVY, Alan 1932-2004


See index for CA sketch: Born February 10, 1932, in New York, NY; died of cancer, April 2, 2004, in Prague, Czech Republic. Journalist, editor, and author. Although American by birth, Levy spent most of his career in Prague and Vienna and was acclaimed for his work as writer and editor for the Prague Post. Graduating from Brown University in 1952, he earned a master's degree the next year from Columbia University. His career as a journalist began at the Louisville Courier-Journal, where he was a reporter until 1960. For the next seven years, Levy worked as a freelance writer in New York City, and for one year he was an investigator for the Carnegie Commission on Educational Television. In 1967, he moved to Prague in what was then still Czechoslovakia. There he worked as a freelance writer and correspondent, reporting on such events as the 1968 Prague Spring and the Warsaw Pact invasion. Expelled from Czechoslovakia in 1971 by the government, he settled in Vienna and wrote for various international publications. He was able to return to his beloved city of Prague in 1990, and the next year was made the editor in chief of the Prague Post, a position he maintained until his death. Levy was also a prolific author, writing various biographical and political books, including The Elizabeth Taylor Story (1961), Rowboat to Prague (1972; second edition published in 1980 as So Many Heroes), Forever, Sophia (1979), Ezra Pound: A Jewish View (1987), The Wiesenthal File (1993), and An American Jew in Vienna (2000).



Los Angeles Times, April 5, 2004, p. B9.

New York Times, April 7, 2004, p. A19; April 9, 2004, p. A2.

Washington Post, April 7, 2004, p. B6.