During the seventies he started as a news broadcaster with AVRO Broadcasting (Radio & television) in the Netherlands where he worked as an anchor and travelling journalist. In the early eighties he became the United States. Bureau Chief for Dutch and Belgium radio and television in New York and for several newspapers and weeklies. Prior to the first Gulf War (1991) he produced the video ‘Shalom from Holland" with director Ralph Inbar and film maker Floris Sijbesma.
The clip was performed by dozens of singers and musicians from all over the world like George Baker, Joe Bourne, Adèle Bloemendaal, Ruud Bos, Marco Borsato, Ted de Braak, Jaap Dekker, Lex Goudsmit, Donald Jones, Caroline Kaart, Ben Kramer, Lenny Kuhr, Thijs van Leer, Donna Lynton, Maggie MacNeal, Harry Sacksioni and Daniël Wayenberg as a token of solidarity to the Israeli people who were threatened by missiles fired from Iraq.
Hammelburg co-wrote the song with Ron Klipstein. lieutenant was broadcast repeatedly on Dutch, Israeli and other international television networks during Gulf War I and was given a special award by the Knesset.
The interviews were made during a campaign to help American Jews and other individuals file claims for property they lost during the nazi era in what was to become East Germany. Simon Hammelburg is a Holocaust educator giving lectures in Europe, the United States and Israel.