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Dr. Ferdinand Hennerbichler

Curriculum Vitae

Born 3rd November 1946 in Linz, Upper Austria
Nationality: European of Austrian origin
Current Position: Historian, former Diplomat and Journalist

EDUCATION

1957-1965 Collegium Petrinum, Linz (Upper Austria), A-Levels 1965
1965-1972 University of Vienna, studied History, German philology, Linguistics & Philosophy.
1972 Doctor of Philosophy, University of Vienna
2012 Dr. h.c., Honorary Doctorate, University of Sulaimaniya, Kurdistan Region Iraq

APPOINTMENTS

1965-1967, 1972-1973 Teacher Vienna and Wels, Austria
1967-1979, 1985-1990 Foreign Editor and Foreign Correspondent ORF
1980-1985 Austrian Foreign Ministry (Diplomatic Service, London & Athens)
1985- Journalist, Writer and Historian

MAJOR FIELDS

Midddle East, Eastern Europe, EU; Kurds; Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Israel-Palestine, Lebanon, Cyprus

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

1966-1967 Teacher, Secondary Schools, Vienna
1972-1973 Teacher, „Brucknergymnasium", Wels, (German, History and Psychology)
1973-1974 Austrian National Military Service: „Hiller Kaserne”, Linz-Ebelsberg
1967-1990 Working (with breaks) for Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF:
1974- Foreign Desk, 1976- Foreign Correspondent (EU, CEE, Middle East, Latin Am.)

Postings:
1976-1978 Middle East Correspondent Beirut, Cairo, Jerusalem, Damascus
1978 Correspondent Buenos Aires, Argentina
1978-1980 Teheran Correspondent („Islamic Revolution")
1975-1980 Eastern European Correspondent for first ORF CEE magazine „Drüben" („over there”) together with Barbara Coudenhove-Kalergi a.o. Topics: Hungary, Poland, Ex-GDR and former Yugoslavia

1980-1985 Austrian Foreign Ministry. Diplomatic Service. Press Attaché
1981-1983 Austrian Embassy London: Press & Information
1983-1985 Austrian Embassy Athens (accredited to Nicosia): Press & Culture

Since 1980 Middle East Assistant of late Austrian Chancellor Dr. Bruno Kreisky. Junior member of the Middle East negotiating team Bruno Kreisky and Ambassador Herbert Amry.

Special humanitarian missions:

1981/82, 1983, 1984: Freed 11 hostages of 7 European countries in Iraq. Helped to negotiate the release of some 60 other captives.
1984: International rescue operation of French (Technicians of THOMSON), Italian, Swiss, German, Austrian and Turkish hostages in Iraq.
1984: Started mediation between Iran and France for normalisation of bilateral diplomatic relations and repayment of $ 1 b from Paris to Tehran.
1983-85: Assisted former Austrian Federal Chancellor Dr. Bruno Kreisky and the late Ambassador Dr. Herbert Amry in Athens in the Prisoner of War Exchange between Israel and the PLO: May 1985: 1000 Palestinians and 150 Lebanese Shiites were freed via Geneva in exchange for 3 Israeli soldiers.
1991, April-July: Head of the biggest Austrian relief operation for Kurdish refugees in camps in Iran. Refugee Envoy & Austrian Government Co-ordinator in Iran. Co -ordinated work of appr. 500 doctors, nurses and soldiers. Co-operation with EU-initiative.

Since 1985- Journalist, Writer and Historian

POSTINGS (fieldwork):

1985-1990 Middle East Correspondent (based in Cyprus): Worked for (selection): Austria: ORF, Wiener Zeitung, Profil, Neue Zeit Germany: BR, WDR, SDR, SWF, NDR, RIAS, SFB, Die Zeit (Islamic Revolution Iran, Teheran), DER SPIEGEL (Chalkali-Interview) Switzerland: SDR, NZZ (Kurds restauration after 1975, Ghassemlou), Berner Zeitung.
1990-1992 EU & Europe Correspondent (based in Brussels): Writing for Profil, Wiener Zeitung, Berner Zeitung
Since 1993-: Roving Correspondent Europe (EU & CEE). Topic: European integration. Contributed to „The European Voice”, Brussels (Turkey/Kurds)

PUBLICATIONS

1972 Doctoral Dissertation: Historical Terminology: „Der Begriff Gegenreformation etc.“
(Heinrich Lutz, 1922-1986; Erich Zöllner, 1916-1996), University of Vienna, Department of History

1979 Interview mit dem iranischen Scharfrichter Chalchali. In: Der Spiegel Nr. 50 (1979) 142-143; also in: ORF-Nachlese 12 (1979) 44-45

1980 Iran's Kurdish Rebellion and its Leaders. In: Swiss Review of World Affairs (A monthly publication of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung), Vol. XXIX, No. 12, March 1980, 20-22

1982 Der kurdische Widerstand 1975-1982/83, Bericht, ÖB-London-BMfAA Wien, 13. Dezember 1982, 44 pp.

1986 Die Kurden. Staatenlos in verbrannter Heimat. INTERNATIONAL 1/86. Vienna

1986 Some Aspects of the Restoration of the Kurdish People's Movement after 1975. In: International Conference of Labour and Social History (ITH). 22 Conference 1986. Report 23. - Vienna (Europaverlag), 176-181

1987 The Kurds. In: Wiener Zeitung, Features, 16 parts, each on p. 8, 23.&30.01.1987, 06.&13.&20.&27.02.1987, 06.&13.&20.&27.03.1987, 03.&10.&17.&24.04.1987, 01.&08.05.1987

1988 Die für die Freiheit sterben. Geschichte des kurdischen Volkes. Preface by Bruno Kreisky. (Österreichische Staatsdruckerei) Vienna

1988 Kurdische Giftgasopfer aus dem Irak in temporären Aufnahmelagern der Türkei 1988. Lager Süüstü bei Yüksekova. Augenzeugen-Bericht. 13. September 1988. Online: http://www.fhe.cc/html/giftgasopfer.pdf

1992 Österreich und die Kurden. In: Azadi, Freiheit in den Bergen: Schallaburg, 17. Mai-1. November 1992. Eds. Alfred Janata et al. Vienna (Amt der Niederösterreichischen Landesregierung). Vienna 1992, 206-214

2004 Die Kurden (History of the Kurdish People). - Mosonmagyaróvár 2004, ISBN 963 214 575 5

2010 Die Herkunft der Kurden. Interdisziplinäre Studie.Reihe: Historisch-anthropologische Studien.Schriftenreihe des Instituts für Historische Anthropologie in Wien. 23.Frank- furt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Brussels, New York, Oxford, Wien, ISBN 978-3-631-59327-1

2010 Origin of the Kurds. Vienna Lecture, 2010, excerpts. In: Proceedings of the Russian Academy of DNA Genealogy, vol. 3, No. 12 (December), 2010, 2220-2244; Foreword by Anatole A. Klsoyov (2218-2219); online:://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/proceedings-of-the-russian-academy-of-dna-genealogy-2010-december-vol-3-no-12/14259780

2011 The Origin of the Kurds. Lecture. - Borsdorf (edition winterwork) 2011; 978-3-943048-31-5; online: http://www.edition-winterwork.de/

2012 The Origin of Kurds. Advances in Anthropology, Vol. 02, Number 02 (May 2012), pp. 64-79; free PDF download: http://www.scirp.org/journal/PaperDownload.aspx?paperID=19564&returnUrl=http%3a%2f%2fwww.scirp.org %2fJournal%2fHome.aspx%3fJournalID%3d737; DOI: 10.4236/aa.2012.22008

2013 Assassination of Abdul Rahman Ghassemlou (1930-1989). New Assessment. In: Vienna Kurdish Studies Yearbook, ed. by
F. Hennerbichler, Th. Schmdinger, M. Six-Hohenbalken, Chr. Osztovics, vol. 1/2013, Wiener Verlag, pp. 288-321

2014 Kar-daKI-ka 21st ce. B.C.E. Karda Land of Valiant Mountain People Central Zagros East Terminological Analysis. Advances in Anthropology, 4, 168-198. doi: 10.4236/aa.2014.43021

LECTURES (selection)

2010 The Origin of the Kurds. 08.11.2010, 3-4.30 pm, Hörsaal 3 (D212), NIG 2nd floor,Universitätsstrasse 7, Institute of Political Science, University of Vienna

2011 Great Britain-Iraq 1916-1958. 25.03.2011, 3-4.30 pm, Hörsaal 26, Institute of Political Science, University of Vienna
Both presentations within the Lecturate of Univ. Lector Mag. Dr. Azad Noree, Institute of Political Science, University of Vienna


2011 The Arab Awakening (Der arabische Frühling. Aktuelle Lage. Überblick & Analyse). 24.05.2011,pm, Hörsaal D Uni-Campus, Hof 10, Spitalgasse 4; together with Azad Noree (Irak und Kurdistan unter der „Schirmherrschaft der USA"?); both in: “Der Nahe Osten im Umbruch (Interdisziplinäre Ringvorlesung)”. Organization: Cengiz Günay. Institute of Political Science, University of Vienna

2012 Aktuelle Lage in Kurdistan Irak. Augenzeugenbericht Kurdistan-Reise März 2012. 17.04.2012, 8-10 p.m., Hörsaal 3 (D212), NIG 2nd floor, Universitätsstrasse 7, Lecturate of Univ. Lector Mag. Dr. Azad Noree, Institute of Political Science, University of Vienna

2012 Europas Antwort auf den Arabischen Frühling. Diskussionsrunde. Residenz des Österreichischen Botschafters in Kairo. 13.05.2012, 7,30-10,30 p.m., together with Ambassador James Moran, Head of EU Delegation, Cairo, Egypt; Prof. Dr. Hassan Nafaa, head of the Political Science department at Cairo University; Hanaa Ebeid, senior researcher, Al Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Cairo

2012 The current situation in the Autonomous Kurdistan Region Iraq, eyewitness report (with film-clips), 15 May 2012, 1-5 p.m., Al-
Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, Cairo

2012 Die österreichische Nahost Friedenspolitik unter Bundeskanzler Dr. Bruno Kreisky. 15 May 2012, 7-9 p.m., Österreichisches Kulturforum Kairo

2012 Austrias Middle East Peace initiatives under the late Federal Chancellor Dr. Bruno Keisky; The current situation in the Autonomous Kurdistan Region Irak (with current film-clips); Lectures, 16.05.2012, a.m./p.m. each ca. 3 hours, at the Diplomatic Academy, Foreign Office Egypt, Cairo

OTHER PUBLICATIONS

1967 Distelernte. Gedichte. Vienna (Europ. Verlagsanstalt)
1986 Geiselbefreiung in Kurdistan. Ein Bericht. Vienna (Österreichische Staatsdruckerei)
1996 Handbuch EU-Österreich-Slowakei. Vienna (Computer outprint).

MEDIA CONTRIBUTIONS

1974-2012 More than 500 articles on Kurds, Turkey, Iran and Iraq as well as other Middle Eastern topics in various European publications, Radio- and TV-stations; frequent appearances as expert in European media.

DOCUMENTARIES (selection):

1977 Die Kurden im Irak. In: Im Brennpunkt. ORF Ö1, 07.04.1977, 21:15-22:00 h
1978 Zypern. Insel zwischen Hoffnung und Terror. In: Im Brennpunkt. ORF Ö1, 13.04.1978, :15-22:00 h
1978 Das verlorene Paradies. Libanon. Eine menschliche Tragödie. In: Im Brennpunkt. ORFÖ1, 16.11.1978, 21:15-22:00 h
1978 Iran. Ein Land im Sturm. In: Im Brennpunkt. ORF Ö1, 01.12.1978, 21:15-22:00 h
1978 Ägypten. Ein Land braucht Frieden. In: Im Brennpunkt. ORF Ö1, 29.12.1978, 21:15-:00 h
1979 Der neue Iran. Rückschritt in die Zukunft. In: Im Brennpunkt. ORF Ö1, 29.03.1979, 21:15-22:00 h
1980 Volk ohne Heimat. Der Kampf der Kurden im Iran. In: Im Brennpunkt. ORF Ö1, 03.01.1980, 21:15-22:00 h

2012 Kurdistan Irak. Experiment Demokratie. TV Reportage/Doku. 60', Full HD 1920x1080 in 4:2:2

2012 Exhibition of historic pictures documenting the Kurdish struggle for freedom 1975-1990 by Ferdinand Hennerbichler. Red Intelligence Museum, Sulaimaniya. Opening ceremony 9th October 2012 in the presence of Hero Ibrahim Ahmed.

HONOURS & DECORATIONS

• Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur (Officier), President François Mitterrand, France, 1986
• Phoenix Order (Commander), President Constantine Karamanlis, Greece, 1984
• Order of Merit for Services rendered to the Republic of Austria, Chancellor Bruno Kreisky, 1982
• Order of Merit for Services rendered to the County of Styria, Governor Josef Krainer jun., 1982
• Honour and Gratitude of the German Government, Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher
• Humanitarian Medal of Baden-Wuerttemberg (Germany)
• Human Rights Bravery (Rotary Club Vienna)

September 2014

Ferdinand Hennerbichler UCB Boulder USA 2014
Photo © Ako M. Wahbi

With Chancellor Dr. Bruno Kreisky
1980 in Teheran

Received by Chancellor Dr. Bruno Kreisky
1982 in Vienna

Correspondent Teheran
during "Islamic Revolution"

With Herbert Amry 1984 Athens

With Melina Mercouri, Herbert & Marlene Amry 1984 Athens

Brought Raissa and Michail Gorbatschow 1995 for the first time to Vienna and Austria

Above and below:
In Kurdistan in the 1970s

Exhibition of historic pictures documenting the Kurdish struggle for freedom 1975-1990, Red Intelligence Museum, Sulaimaniya


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