He lived in Danzig until 1945 when Germans either fled from the advancing Soviets, or were expelled in the Expulsion of Germans from Poland after World World War World War II Thus, he was a refugee during his childhood. After studying varied subjects in West Germany, including law and Catholic theology, he became a journalist. He was noted as a correspondent for Deutschlandfunk in radio journalism.
He did humanitarian work in this project that aids refugees.
He also founded "GRUENHELME" (Green Helmets) for rebuilding schools, villages, and ambulances in destroyed regions. He was listed on Unsere Besten ("Our Best"), a German poll similar to 100 Greatest Britons.
He was featured in an interview on Paris by Night 77, which commemorated the 30th anniversary of the fall of Saigon and the work of Cap Anamur.