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Wilhelm Cornides Biography »
Wilhelm Cornides (July 20, 1920 – July 15, 1966) was a Wehrmacht sergeant in World War II known as the author of the Cornides Report, a report concerning his first hand experience of the extermination of Jews at the Belzec concentration camp. He was the founder of Europa-Archiv (renamed Internationale Politik in 1995), the first post-war publication in Occupied Germany in Dec. 1946. In 1955 he was instrumental along with Theodor Steltzer, Minister-President of Schleswig Holstein and former member of the Kreisau Circle with founding the German Council on Foreign Relations, known by the acronym DGAP, for its German spelling (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Auswärtige Politik). Cornides was a member of the Oldenbourg family, owners of R. Oldenbourg Verlag (publishers). A German publishing house started in 1858 by Rudolf Oldenbourg.