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Charles Klotzer was born Lothar Gustav Gabriel Klotzer in Berlin on November 1, 1925. His father, Salo Klotzer, served in World War I, and was connected with the theater in Berlin. His mother Meta ran a toy store. Salo Klotzer was arrested in June 1938, sent to Buchenwald, and was released when Meta Klotzer procured tickets to Shanghai. The three sailed to Shanghai in March 1939 on the "Conte Biancamano," and Klotzer's sister, Elfriede, went to England on a work permit.

In Shanghai Klotzer attended the Kadoorie School, joined the Boy Scouts and the Tikvah Club. He worked manufacturing paint. After the war, Klotzer worked for Charles Jordan, head of the Shanghai office of the Joint Distribution Committee.

In December 1947 the Klotzer family came to the United States and settled in St. Louis. Klotzer wrote for several newspapers and then founded the St. Louis Journalism Review . He lives with his wife Rose in St. Louis.