Friedrich Tete Harens Tetens papers, 1925-1976

Tetens, Friedrich Tete Harens, 1899-1976


50.0 cu. ft.
Correspondence with Bernard Baruch, Emil Ludwig, William Langer, Louis Nizer, Friedrich Wilhelm Foerster, Harold L. Ickes, and others, 1925-76; typescripts, manuscripts, outlines, and translations (German, English, and Spanish) of published and unpublished books and articles, 1937-72; research reports written for Bernard Baruch and for the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS) on the Nazi threat and pan-Germanism, 1939-43; research notes, undated; pamphlets and other ephemera on National Socialism, pan-Germanism, antisemitism, the German-American Bund, post-war Germany, Cold War, and peace issues, 1937-72; propaganda of the Deutsche Liga fur Volkerbund and various war and peace groups, collected in Aschaffenburg by Edgar Davidsburg, 1915-19; and printed materials on the German tobacco industry, ca. 1890-1930. In addition to his own papers, he retained correspondence of Rev. Guy Emery Shipler, editor of the New York City-based religious magazine "Churchman", concerning obscenity in motion pictures, Communism, National Socialism, religious freedom, and other issues affecting the Protestant Episcopal Church, 1922-66; files of the Reemstma Zigarettenfabriken/Philipp F. Reemstma case, 1925-33; records of the American I.G. Farben Chemical Corporation, 1933-39; papers of Argentinian anti-Nazi journalist Reinhard Maurer, 1937-45; drawings by the Argentinian anti-Nazi artist Clement Moreau, 1937-39.
Also, correspondence and writings of emigre writer Friedrich Wilhelm Foerster (1869-1963) about pan-Germanism and National Socialism, 1940-51; manuscripts by the French anti-Nazi writer Andre Cheradame, 1941; correspondence of Isidore Lipschutz as an officer of the Society for the Prevention of World War III, 1938-56; case files pertaining to Victor F. Ridder/"New York Staats Zeitung" and "Chicago Tribune" libel suits, 1943-45; 1951; correspondence of German-Chilean refugee Pablo Hesslein, 1952-53; and records of Republicans, Independents, and Democrats United (RID), an anti-Vietnam War group based in New Jersey, 1967-68. His papers also include an autobiography, diaries, correspondence, and reports of his wife Eugenia Tetens covering their escape from Germany and early life in exile, 1933-45. Of approximately 700 linear feet of clippings in Tetens's "Library on Germanic and Related International Problems", which he amassed between 1937 and 1972, about 15 feet concerning emigres and Nazis in North and South America have been retained.
Biographical note: German emigre political journalist and pamphleteer -- Tetens was born in Berlin and lived in nearby Caputh. In 1927 as editor of "Deutschen Tabak-Zeitung" (a trade publication for the German tobacco industry) in Eberswalde, Tetens accused the Reemtsma Zigarettenfabriken (based in Hamburg-Altona) and its proprietor Philipp F. Reemtsma of political corruption. He fell into political difficulty with the Nazi regime in 1933 on account of continued charges against the "tobacco trust", a case that he pursued until into the 1950s. After being held in the Oranienburg concentration camp and in prison in Potsdam, he fled to Switzerland in 1934.
Tetens became a staff writer for the "National Zeitung" of Basel in 1934 and went to Buenos Aires as its correspondent in 1936. During his two-year stay in Argentina, he gathered information about the Nazi influence in Latin America. In the 1930s he wrote such political tracts as "Whither Hitler" and "Christianity, Bolchevism and Hitlerism." He immigrated to the United States from 1939 and worked personally for Bernard Baruch as a researcher. In 1943-45 he and fellow emigre Prof. Friedrich Wilhelm Foerster were successfully defended by attorney Louis Nizer in a libel suit brought by Victor F. Ridder and the "New York Staats Zeitung." With support from Foerster, Tetens directed a "Library on Germanic and Related International Problems" at Columbia University, 1945-46. From the 1950s he was active in such anti-war groups as the Society for the Prevention of World War III. He lived in New York City and Cooperstown, New York and in later life New Jersey, working sporadically as a political writer and a public speaker on Nazis, pan-Germanism, militarism, and other subjects. He also wrote under the pseudonym Anton Pettenkofer.
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Cite as: Friedrich Tete Harens Tetens papers. Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University at Albany, State University of New York.
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