|Dates: ||1912, 6 July - 2006, 7 January|
|Born: ||Austria, Hüttenberg|
|Died: ||Austria, Friesach|
Austrian mountaineer, explorer and author. A talented mountaineer he accompanied a Nazi expedition to the Himalayas in the 1930s but was interned by the British in India when the Second World War broke out in September 1939. He escaped and fled to Tibet where he stayed until the Chinese invaded. He is best known for his 1953 book ‘Seven Years in Tibet‘ but he carried out expeditions throughout his life. During his long stay in Tibet he took photographs and these were published in ‘Lost Llhasa‘ (1992) and this is period that was the basis for the 1997 film ‘Seven Years in Tibet‘ where his role was played by Brad Pitt.
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