Ugo Stille

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(editor)
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Ugo Stille (with pipe) and Guilo Andreotti, éminence grise of Italian post-war politics.
BornMikhail Kamenetzky
3 December 1919
Moscow, Russia
Died2 June 1995 (Age 75)
New York, USA
NationalityItalian
SpouseElizabeth Bogert

Ugo Stille, born Mikhail Kamenetzky was an Moscow-born Italian journalist of Russian origin, who later served in the US army. He was USA-correspondent for the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera from the post-WW2 period to the 1990s and, in the period 1987-1992, also as its chief editor.

Background

Stille was born in Moscow, Russia, on December 3, 1919 to a Jewish family. When he was just a little child, he and his family fled the country due to the consolidation of the Bolshevik regime, emigrating first to Riga in Latvia, later to Italy (then under Fascist rule) where they settled in Rome. Here, the young Mikhail grew up and studied. He used the pseudonym 'Ugo Stille' in some newspaper articles.

Career

In the early forties the Kamenetzky family had to emigrate again to escape the fascist anti-Semitic laws promulgated in 1938. On September 4, 1941 the Kamenetzky family embarked for the United States, thanks to a visa obtained through the intercession of Giovanni Battista Montini, the future Pope Paul VI, settling in New York.

WWII

Shortly thereafter, little over twenty, Misha joined the US army, and took part in the landing in Sicily in 1943 with the rank of sergeant. Once on the island, he was placed by the US occupation authority to lead Radio Palermo, a radio station started by the Allies after the conquest of Sicily. In this capacity, he continued to follow the US military first to Naples and then to Milan, where he helped set up radio stations.[1]

Corriere della Sera

After the war, he returned to the United States and became a correspondent for the newspaper Il Corriere della Sera, where he began publishing his articles starting in January 1946, but under the old pseudonym of Ugo Stille. Soon he would legally change his name to Ugo Stille.

In 1948 he married an American citizen, Elizabeth Bogert, and had two children, one of whom, Alexander Stille, would later follow in his father's footsteps as a journalist for the New York Times, the New Yorker and the Italian daily la Republicca.

Ugo Stille continued his work as a correspondent throughout the post-war period and up until the 1980s, signing numerous US and Italian current affairs articles. He had his office in the New York Times building.

In 1987, he accepted the position of chief editor of the Corriere della Sera and moved with his family to Milan. After leading the paper for five years, Stille left office in 1992, returning to the United States and resuming the business of correspondent.

When Ugo Stille became editor of the Corriere della Sera it was a very delicate moment for the newspaper, which had been severely discredited after its owners were involved in the scandal regarding the masonic lodge P2.[2] The transatlanticist networks needed a clean but reliably pro-US name to dominate Italian most influential newspaper, and Ugo Stille got the job, even though he had not lived in Italy for 40 years.[3]

He died in New York on June 2, 1995.


 

Events Participated in

EventStartEndLocation(s)Description
Bilderberg/196826 April 196828 April 1968Canada
Mont Tremblant
Bilderberg/197311 May 197313 May 1973Sweden
Saltsjöbaden
The meeting at which the 1973 oil crisis appears to have been planned.
Bilderberg/19883 June 19885 June 1988Austria
Interalpen-Hotel
Telfs-Buchen


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