Jewish Explorer in Command of German Greenland Expedition on Return Journey Following Death of Its L
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Jewish Explorer in Command of German Greenland Expedition on Return Journey Following Death of Its L

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The German Greenland Expedition which went out under the leadership of Professor Wegener, the famous German explorer and geographer, on the first exploration expedition sent out from Germany since the war, is now returning to Germany under the leadership of Dr. Fritz Loewe, one of the leaders of the Federation of Jewish ex-Soldiers in Germany, who has taken command of the Expedition on the death of Dr. Wegener.

In January there was great concern in Germany over the fate of the expedition which had not been heard of for some months, and it was feared that the entire party had perished. Recently, however, Professor Wegener’s dead body was discovered by a relief party in the ice-bound interior of Greenland, 189 kilometres from the coast, which he was trying to reach with his Eskimo guide, Rasmus, in order to fetch relief supplies for the rest of the expedition, who were marooned in a camp in the interior. His body was found fully clothed and sewn up in canvas. The sack was wrapped up in furs and his features bore no sign of suffering, so that it is presumed that the great explorer died of cold in his sleep. Rasmus was found dead near by.

The relief party pushed on to the camp, and rescued the other members of the expedition, including Dr. Loewe.

Dr. Loewe is the head of the Meteorological Station in Berlin, situated in the suburb of Tempelhof. He distinguished himself at the front during the war and was awarded the Iron cross, First Class for bravery. He is one of the best known Alpinists in Germany.

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