Mark Lynton was born Max-Otto Ludwig Loewenstein in 1920 in Stuttgart, Germany. He left Germany as a young teen to study in Paris and later was accepted in 1938 at St. John's College in Cambridge, intending on pursuing law. But that changed in 1940 when British authorities rounded up anyone deemed as an 'enemy alien,' despite his Jewish ancestry. He and others were eventually shipped off to Canada as enemy aliens, suspected of being Nazi sympathizers. When Lynton was released he joined the British Army, became a tank commander, and was later promoted to Major in the occupying force, Army of the Rhine, where he helped interrogate high-ranking Nazi officers. Lynton memorialized his odyssey in his memoir, Accidental Journey: A Cambridge Internee's Memoir of World War II. He changed his name to Mark Lynton after the war. He was a deep reader and lover of history, a dedicated father and grandfather.