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Max Jordan (later, Father Placid Jordan) was a pioneering radio journalist for the NBC network in Europe in the 1930s. He later became a Benedictine monk.

He was born around 1895 in Europe. He got a PhD in Religious Philosophy. He worked for William Randolph Hearst's newspapers in the 1920s.

Europe, 1930s , the war

He covered many important stories (and had many scoops) in the 1930s when the medium of radio was still relatively new. His first report for NBC was on a 1931 speech by Germany's president Paul von Hindenburg. He also reported on the first Atlantic flight of the Hindenburg in 1936, the Anschluss of Austria in 1938, the text of the Munich Agreement in the same year (giving Hitler Czechoslovakia), the 1940 invasion of Paris, and the 1945 surrender of Japan.

He also hired Martin Agronsky in 1940 to cover the war.

Horten writes that part of Jordan's success was due to his networking with the governments of Germany, Austria, and Hungary, whom provided NBC 'privileged use' of their broadcasting facilities.

During the war he worked on NBC's religious shows, which included prayers, bible stories, and a series about military Chaplain, Chaplain Jim.


Around 1954 he joined the Beuron Abbeymarker in Germany and became a monk, taking the name of Placid Jordan. He would later argue (in print) against one of Gordon Zahn's papers on the Catholic Church and Nazi Germany, and also against his book German Catholics and Hitler's Wars. The latter argument was in the form of a letter to William F Buckley's magazine National Review.

Jordan died in 1977.

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  1. Finding aid, ZHN 131
  2. Finding aid, ZHN 028

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