function mfTempOpenSection(id){var block=document.getElementById("mf-section-"+id);block.className+=" open-block";block.previousSibling.className+=" open-block";}

Peter H. Wyden (October 2, 1923 – June 27, 1998)[1] was an American journalist and writer.

Life and career

Wyden was born Peter Weidenreich, in Berlin to a Jewish family. His mother, Helen (née Silberstein), was a concert singer, and his father, Erich Weidenreich, was a businessman. He attended the Goldschmidt School until he left Nazi Germany and went to the United States in 1937.[2][3] After studying at City University of New York, he served with the U.S. Army's Psychological Warfare Division in Europe during World War II.[4] After the war, he began a career in journalism, during which he worked as a reporter for The Wichita Eagle, a feature writer for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Washington correspondent for Newsweek magazine, a contributing editor for The Saturday Evening Post in Chicago and San Francisco, articles editor for McCall's, and executive editor for Ladies' Home Journal.[4] He authored or coauthored nine books, and numerous articles that appeared in major magazines.[4] In 1970, he became a book publisher in New York City and Ridgefield, Connecticut.[4]

He was father of Senator Ron Wyden.[5]Franz Weidenreich, German anatomist and physical anthropologist, was one of his uncles.


·″Wall-The Inside Story of Divided Berlin″-Simon & Schuster, 1989. ISBN 0-671-55510-3


  1. ^ Sengupta, Somini (June 29, 1998). "Peter Wyden, 74, Journalist and Father of Oregon Senator". New York Times. 
  2. ^ Abrahamson, Irving (January 3, 1993). "She Saved Herself in the Holocaust By Betraying Others". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ Entry on, created by Robert Battle (
  4. ^ a b c d "About the Author" bio on the dustjacket of Bay of Pigs, The Untold Story, Simon and Schuster, 1979.
  5. ^ Simon, Mark (December 11, 1999). "Palo Alto to Honor Local Boy". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved December 22, 2009.