In August 1939, less than one week after becoming a journalist, Clare Hollingworth witnessed Nazi troops gathering at the Germany-Poland border. She reported this news in England’s Daily Telegraph, and three days later the Nazis invaded Poland to start World War II.
Hollingworth, who continued to report in Europe during the war and then all over the world for more than 70 years, died on January 10, 2017, in Hong Kong. She was 105 years old.
Hollingworth grew up in Great Britain. In 1938, as thousands of refugees were flooding out of Nazi Germany, the 27-year-old Hollingworth went to help them escape. Later, she convinced a newspaper to send her into Poland as a reporter. That’s when she had her “scoop of the century.”