At the young age of 27, British journalist Clare Hollingworth informed the world that the Second World War had begun. Following the war, she went on to covering other action-packed stories and yesterday, she passed away at the age of 105 in Hong Kong.


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British journalist Clare Hollingworth, who broke the news about the Second World War, passed away yesterday (Tuesday) at the age of 105 in Hong Kong. She broke the news about the Second World War at the beginning of her career when she was just 27 years old. It was her first week working as a news correspondent for the Daily Telegraph.

Hollingworth borrowed a British consulate official’s car and crossed the Polish-German border. This was when she saw hundreds of German tanks, armored vehicles and weapons heading toward Poland. Three days later, on September 1, 1939, she called the British Embassy in Moscow to report that the war had begun. When the embassy official did not believe her, she dangled the phone out of a nearby window so that he could hear the noise of the tanks for himself.

Hollingworth decided during the war that she wanted to be a field correspondent. Before becoming a reporter, she traveled the world as an activist. Hollingworth said in various interviews that she enjoyed the action of covering wars.

In 1946, Hollingworth and her husband were almost killed in the King David Hotel bombing in Jerusalem, which claimed the lives of 91 people. In 1970, she moved to Beijing and in 1981, she moved to Hong Kong. Last October, she celebrated her 105th birthday along with the local journalists who became her friends over the years.