Charles Berlitz

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Charles Berlitz
Charles Berlitz (right) with Antonio Las Heras ("Pájaro de Fuego" magazine)
Born (1913-11-22)November 22, 1913
New York City, USA
Died December 18, 2003(2003-12-18) (aged 90)
Tamarac, Florida, USA
Occupation Linguist, author
Spouse(s) Valerie Seary

Charles Frambach Berlitz (November 22, 1913 – December 18, 2003) was an American linguist and language teacher[1] known for his books on paranormal phenomena, as well as his language-learning courses.


Berlitz was born in New York City. He was the grandson of Maximilien (Maximilian) Berlitz, who founded the Berlitz Language Schools. As a child, Charles was raised in a household in which (by his father's orders) every relative and servant spoke to Charles in a different language: he reached adolescence speaking eight languages fluently. In adulthood, he recalled having had the childhood delusion that every human being spoke a different language, and wondering why he did not have his own language like everyone else in his household. His father spoke to him in German, his grandfather in Russian, his nanny in Spanish.

He began working for the family language school, The Berlitz School of Languages, during college breaks. The publishing house, of which he was vice president, sold, among other things, tourist phrase books and pocket dictionaries, several of which he authored. He also played a key role in developing record and tape language courses. He left the company in the late 1960s, not long after he sold the company to publishing firm Crowell, Collier & Macmillan. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University.[2]

Berlitz was a writer on paranormal phenomena. He wrote a number of books on Atlantis. In his book The Mystery of Atlantis, he claimed Atlantis was real, based on his interpretation of geophysics, psychic studies, classical literature, tribal lore, and archeology.[3] Berlitz also attempted to link the Bermuda Triangle to Atlantis.[4] Berlitz claimed to have located Atlantis undersea in the area of the Bermuda Triangle. Berlitz was also an ancient astronaut proponent who believed that extraterrestrials had visited earth.[5]

Berlitz spent 13 years on active duty in the U.S. Army, mostly in intelligence. In 1950, he married Valerie Seary, with whom he had a daughter, Lynn. He died in 2003 at the age of 90 at University Hospital in Tamarac, Florida.

See also[edit]


Anomalous phenomena[edit]

  • The Mystery of Atlantis (1969)
  • Mysteries from Forgotten Worlds (1972)
  • The Bermuda Triangle (1974) ISBN 0-285-63326-0
  • Without a Trace (1977)
  • The Philadelphia Experiment - Project Invisibility (1979)
  • The Roswell Incident (1980)
  • Doomsday 1999 A.D. (1981) ISBN 0-586-05543-6.
  • Atlantis - The Eighth Continent (G. P. Putnams Sons., New York, 1984)
  • Atlantis: the lost continent revealed, Macmillan, London, 1984
  • The Lost Ship of Noah: In Search of the Ark at Ararat (1987)
  • The Dragon's Triangle (1989)
  • World of the Incredible but True (Ballantine Books, New York, 1991)
  • World of Strange Phenomena (Little Brown & Company, New York, 1995)



  1. ^ Bernstein, Adam (2003-12-31). "Eminent Linguist dead". WashingtonPost. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ See section on Charles Berlitz in Encyclopedia of occultism & parapsychology, Lewis Spence, Nandor Fodor, Gale Research Inc, 1991
  3. ^ New Scientist Mar 11, 1976
  4. ^ Trevor Palmer, Perilous planet earth: catastrophes and catastrophism through the ages, 2003, p. 316
  5. ^ David Hatcher Childress, Technology of the Gods: The Incredible Sciences of the Ancients, 1999 p. 43