Fritz G.A. Kraemer was born in Essen (Germany) on July 3, 1908.
He studied at the famous Arndt Gymnasium in Berlin, the London School of Economics and the Universities of Geneva and Frankfurt before earning a doctorate in jurisprudence at the University of Frankfurt in 1931 and a doctorate in Political Science at the University of Rome in 1934.
During most of the 30ths he was Senior Legal Advisor to the League of Nations at the League's Legal Institute in Rome. In 1933 he married his wife of 65 years, Britta Bjorkander, a Swedish citizen.
Dr. Kraemer escaped Hitler's Germany for America in 1939, but had to leave behind his wife and son. He became a U.S. citizen and joined the U.S. Army in April 1943 with two Ph.D. and one monocle as an infantrie-man in the 84th Infantrie Division ( the "Railsplittter") to fight for freedom in Europe on the American side.
As a gifted "talent scout" and teacher he discovered in 1943 young Henry Kissinger who joined his division, later in the 70th also Alexander Haig promoted to Military Assistent to than National Security Advisor Kissinger, and influenced their thinking. In a missonary-like role he "dicovered" and encouraged young people during all his long life.
Dr. Kraemer fought the Battle of the Bulge and in the battles of Rhur and Rhineland, earing a Battlefield Commission and a Bronze Star in the liberation of his former homeland. In 1945 he was reunited with this wife and son and returned to Washington DC in 1947. He left active duty in 1948 and retired from the Army Reserve in 1958 with the rank of a Lt. Colonel.
From the early 50ths until 1978, when he retired from Civil Service, he served as as Senior Civilian Advisor to the U.S. Army Chief of Staff in the Pentagon and influenced the Department of Defense in the Cold War als "éminence grise" combating "provocative weakness" and fighting for "peace through strenght".
A graduate of the U.S. National War College, he advised, taught and inspired generations of officers, officials, and private citizens throughout his life. and made a difference in the cause of freedom.
Dr. Fritz Kraemer died on September 8th, 2003 at the age of 95 in Washington D.C. and was buried with Full Military Honors in Arlington National Cemetry on October 8th honored by former Secretary of Defense James R. Schlesinger, his former students Dr. Henry Kissinger and Alexander Haig and more than 100 friends and relatives.
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