Ep: 37b Re-Thinking Vietnam with Uwe Siemon-Netto
On this Bonus B-Side we FINALLY get the chance to chat with Faithful Masks founder Dr. Uwe Siemon-Netto. We discuss the cultural significance of the Vietnam War today, but most importantly (and interesting) is our talk about his time as an embedded reporter during the War. His stories are engaging, hilarious, and heartbreaking. While we only scratch the surface with Dr Siemon-Netto, you can get the whole story in his book (now in it's second edition) The Triumph of the Absurd: A Reporters Love for the Abandoned People of Vietnam. Next week we will air more of an interview with Dr. Siemon-Netto on his life as a journalist. As a B side, we are able to go long-form and let him do most of the story telling. So sit back and enjoy an astounding a story from a remarkable man.
"For 57 years, Uwe Siemon-Netto, an international journalist from Germany, has reported about major world events including the construction and the fall of the Berlin Wall and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He covered the Vietnam War over a period of five years, from 1965 until 1969 and then again in 1972. He has also written extensively about topics ranging from wine, food, classical music and modern art to religion. At age 50 he interrupted his career to earn an M.A. at a Lutheran seminary in Chicago and a doctorate in theology and sociology of religion at Boston University. His doctoral dissertation titled, The Fabricated Luther: Refuting Nazi Connections and Other Modern Myths, has been widely acclaimed as a resounding argument against the charge that the 16th-century German reformer could have been Hitler's progenitor. As part of his theological studies Siemon-Netto served as a chaplain to Vietnam veterans in Minnesota and wrote a significant book on pastoral care titled, The Acquittal of God: A Theology for Vietnam Veterans."