Peter Levenda is a native of the
Bronx, New York but has lived or traveled all over the United States and the
world in the course of his life, work and research. As an executive with an
American telecommunications manufacturer he was based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
for more than seven years. Before that he was one of the first Americans to do
business (successfully) in China. He has an MA in Religious Studies and Asian Studies
from FIU, and speaks a variety of languages (some of them dead). He was briefly
detained at the notorious Nazi sanctuary and interrogation center Colonia
Dignidad in Chile, in 1979 during the course of research for Unholy Alliance.
He has appeared in numerous television programs for the History Channel, the
Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and TNT as an expert on Nazi Germany
and especially on the extreme religious and esoteric ideas that formed the Nazi
worldview. He has interviewed Nazis, neo-Nazis, Klansmen, occultists, CIA
officers, and Islamic terrorists in the course of his research and has visited
Chinese prisons and military bases; Buddhist temples; Muslim boarding schools
in Indonesia; Russian Orthodox monasteries; mosques in Europe, the United
States and Asia; the Palestine Liberation Organization; several voodoo
hounforts; the former KGB headquarters (Dzherzinsky Square) in Moscow; has been
held at gunpoint in Latin America, and celebrated with a state dinner in
Beijing. At the age of seventeen he gate-crashed the funeral for assassinated
Senator Robert F. Kennedy at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City, and led
the procession out of the cathedral. (He graduated high school later that
month.) He was a member of the same front organization -- a renegade Ukrainian
church in the Bronx -- that provided cover for David Ferrie and Jack Martin
(suspected co-conspirators in the JFK assassination). In addition, he was an
auxiliary police officer for the New York Police Department. His published work
has been praised by Norman Mailer, Jim Hougan, Dick Russell, Whitley Strieber,
Katherine Neville, and many others. He is or was a member of MENSA, of the
American Academy of Religion, of the Association of Former Intelligence
Officers, of the Norman Mailer Society, and the T. E. Lawrence Society.
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