Michael Elkins

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Michael Elkins (1917-2001) was an American-born BBC journalist.[1]

Elkins grew up in New York, the son of European immigrants. As a young man, he moved to Hollywood, becoming a scriptwriter and trade union organiser. He was blacklisted by the House Un-American Activities Committee, and accused of communism because of his activism against fascism and in support of republican Spain.[1]

During World War Two, Elkins served in the Office of Strategic Services in Europe, and was present at the liberation of Dachau.[1]

Elkins was introduced to Teddy Kollek in New York after the war, and became involved in the Haganah arms smuggling network. He had come to the attention of the FBI as a result by the time he immigrated to Israel in 1948.[1]

After a year on a kibbutz, Elkins moved into journalism. From 1965 to 1982, he worked for the BBC.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 David Sells, Michael Elkins, The Guardian, 13 March 2001.