Deaths Elsewhere

Deaths Elsewhere

July 28, 2004

Walter Frentz, 96, who followed Adolf Hitler's inner circle as a Luftwaffe cameraman during the final years of World War II and recorded some of the Nazi era's key events on film, died July 6 in the southern town of Ueberlingen, his son told the Associated Press.

Mr. Frentz met Albert Speer, who would become Hitler's architect, while a student in Berlin. Through Speer, he met Leni Riefenstahl, who made masterful propaganda films for the Nazis, including Triumph of the Will in 1934.

Eventually lacking assignments, he joined the Luftwaffe - the German air force - in 1938 and was a cameraman as Hitler entered newly annexed Austria that year.

After Germany invaded Poland in 1939, setting off World War II, Mr. Frentz filmed the Nazi leader's victory parade in Warsaw. He also filmed Hitler entering Paris when France capitulated the next year.

In March 1945, he took the last pictures of Hitler before the dictator's April 30 suicide in his Berlin bunker. Fleeing Berlin on one of the last planes out, he was arrested by Nazi SS officers at Hitler's Obersalzberg complex in the Bavarian Alps, and part of his photo archive was confiscated.

Mr. Frentz, who never joined the Nazi party, was held for several months after the war by U.S. forces. He gradually returned to film and was the subject of a 1992 documentary, The Eye of the Third Reich.

Oguz Aral, 68, an influential Turkish cartoonist whose humor magazine was banned after the 1980 military coup, died of a heart attack Monday while vacationing in the Aegean resort of Bodrum.

Mr. Aral, who also trained many aspiring Turkish cartoonists, started his career in 1950 and founded the weekly magazine Girgir (Fun) with his brother and fellow cartoonist Tekin Aral in 1972. He was sharply critical of many politicians and opposed the military coup, and the magazine was one of Turkey's first publications to be closed after the military takeover.

Robert C. Miller, 89, longtime bureau chief for United Press International in Honolulu who covered five wars for the wire service, died Monday in Hilo.

Mr. Miller covered World War II, fighting in the Middle East, the Greek Civil War, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He spent 16 years as bureau chief of UPI's Honolulu bureau until he was sent to head the agency's outlet in Sydney, Australia, in 1980.

During World War II, he accompanied U.S. Marines landing at Guadalcanal and for six weeks kept a diary of their missions that he later provided in vivid description for newspaper readers.

In the spring of 1944, Mr. Miller was one of 17 survivors of a U.S. ship sunk by a German submarine in the English Channel. They floated in oily water for six hours before being rescued.

In 1970, Mr. Miller wrote about how his interview skills saved his life after he and a photographer were captured by North Vietnamese soldiers in Cambodia. They were held for eight hours, all the while telling their captors they were there to report on their story - which they did.

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