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LeWinter was born in Vienna, Austria and raised in Brooklyn, New York. The son of Louis and Regina Mandel Le Winter, his parents were Jewish immigrants who ran an upholstery store. Oswald LeWinter was sent at the age of 8 years to the U.S. by his parents from Hamburg, Germany, prior to WWII. He traveled with Gilbert Kraus on the SS President Harding in June 1939. His parents followed in February 1940 on the SS Saturnia.
By the late 1950s, LeWinter resided in California. He obtained a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a masters from San Francisco State College. After marrying, LeWinter returned to New York where he completed studies toward a Ph.D. at Columbia University.
From 1961 to 1963 he worked as an English instructor at the Penn State University.[better source needed] LeWinter supposedly received a doctorate of social sciences from the University of Tübingen in Germany.
In May 1960 LeWinter was present at the "Black Friday" protest against the House Un-American Activities Committee at the San Francisco City Hall. He would later condemn the propaganda film Operation Abolition in a letters to the editors of the Penn State University campus journal.
In 1969 LeWinter was named vice president and director of marketing at Systems Simulation, Inc.
In the early 1990s, LeWinter was exposed when he was used as source in many publications regarding the October surprise conspiracy, including the works of Barbara Honegger, Richard Brenneke and Gary Sick.
Rodney Stich has been quoted as saying that LeWinter worked for the CIA for over 30 years. In 1990, when interviewed as a CIA operative by Italy's RAI Television, he used the alias Ibrahim Razin.
According to the report released by the Assassination Records Review Board in 1998: "FBI and CIA files indicate that LeWinter is a well-known fabricator with an interest in intelligence and law enforcement activities who frequently makes claims related to sensational or unusual news events. The records that the Review Board examined did not show that Oswald LeWinter was ever employed by or worked for the CIA in any capacity."
LeWinter was also an alleged hoaxer, most notably he tried to sell forgeries to Mohamed Fayed in 1998, suggesting that the British intelligence service was involved in the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. In 1998, LeWinter was sentence to four years in an Austrian prison after being convicted of attempted criminal fraud.
Oswald LeWinter was a poet, and has also written two books that were published in Portuguese, Desmantelar a America (2001) and Democracia e Secretismo (2002). His most recent books of poems are "More Atoms of Memory" (2006), and "Ages of Chaos and Fury: Selected Poems 1949–2005" (2005). In 1963 he published and anthology of writings on Shakespeare by Europeans, which he edited and translated, titled "Shakespeare in Europe,". The book was initially published by Meridian Books and later became part of the Penguin Shakespeare Series in England, chosen by Professor Spencer. I has also been translated into Portuguese. He has written a major article for The Reader's Encyclopedia of Shakespeare (Crowell, 1966).
LeWinter has received the International Rilke Prize in Poetry (1997) Oswald LeWinter received the Khalil Gibran International Poetry Prize in January 2008
Oswald LeWinter was married four times and had five children.