Sylke Tempel

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Tempel in October 2010
Tempel in February 2012
Sylke Tempel's grave in Friedhof Heerstraße in Berlin-Westend

Sylke Tempel (30 May 1963 – 5 October 2017) was a German author and journalist. At the time of her death, she had been the editor-in-chief of the foreign policy magazine Internationale Politik since 2008.


Tempel was born in Bayreuth, a town in the German Free State of Bavaria. She studied history, political science and Jewish studies at Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich, prior to receiving a scholarship in New York between 1989 and 1991.[1] She gained a PhD from Bundeswehr University Munich where she served as an assistant to Michael Wolffsohn.[1] Beginning her journalistic career in 1993, she worked in Israel as a Middle East correspondent. While there, she covered a range of events such as the Oslo I Accord, the Intifada and the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995.[2] In 2003, she was a recipient of the Quadriga award.[3]

Tempel was a reporter for the publications Profil, Facts and Der Tagesspiegel, among others.[4] She also wrote a number of young adult novels, published by Rowohlt Berlin, a part of the company Rowohlt. Since 2008, she had been the editor-in-chief of Internationale Politik, the magazine of the German Council on Foreign Relations.[5]

Tempel lived in Berlin with her partner. In 2017, she died in Tegel during Storm Xavier when she was struck by a tree. She was 54.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Sylke Tempel, German journalist killed during Xavier storm". Deutsche Welle. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 
  2. ^ "German journalist Sylke Tempel dies in storm". Politico Europe. 7 October 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Dr. Sylke Tempel". Stanford University. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 
  4. ^ a b "Politik-Expertin Sylke Tempel bei Unwetter ums Leben gekommen" (in German). Bayerischer Rundfunk. 6 October 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 
  5. ^ "Sylke Tempel ist tot". Jüdische Allgemeine (in German). 7 October 2017. Retrieved 9 October 2017. 

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