Science Fair Project Encyclopedia
Josef Korbel (1909–1977) was a Czechoslovakian diplomat and U.S. educator, who is now best known as the father of Bill Clinton's Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, and the mentor of George W. Bush's Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice. Though he served as a diplomat in Czechoslovakia, Korbel's Jewish heritage forced him to flee after the Nazi invasion in 1939. He served as an advisor to the exiled Czech president in London until the Nazis were overthrown. He returned to Czechoslovakia to serve as the country's ambassador to Yugoslavia, but was forced to flee again during the Communist coup in 1948.
After learning that he had been tried and sentenced to death in absentia, Korbel was granted political asylum in the United States. He was hired to teach international politics at the University of Denver, and became the Dean of International Studies. One of his students was Condoleezza Rice, the first woman appointed National Security Advisor (January 20, 2001) and the first black woman appointed Secretary of State (January 26, 2005). His daughter, Madeleine Albright, became the first female Secretary of State, on January 23, 1997 (Rice is the second).
After his death, the University of Denver established the Josef Korbel Humanitarian Award in 2000. Though he has left a legacy as a political teacher, Korbel has also invited controversy. He has been accused of stealing art treasures and furniture from his former home in Prague before leaving the country.
- Reprint: Josef Korbel's Enduring Foreign Policy Legacy, Michael Dobbs, Washington Post December 28, 2000
- Reprint: Matthew Campbell, Albright's Father 'Took War Loot To America', Sunday Times
The contents of this article is licensed from www.wikipedia.org under the GNU Free Documentation License. Click here to see the transparent copy and copyright details