Peter Scholl-Latour (1924-2014) was the son of Mathilde Zerline Nußbaum (1896–1991). Having a JEWISH MOTHER, under the so-called Nuremberg Laws he was considered to be a „Mischling 1. Grades“. His parents sent him to the Jesuit Collège Saint-Michel in Fribourg, Switzerland. When they were forbidden to send any more money to Switzerland, because there was a war going on, HE RETURNED TO GERMANY in 1940, to finish high school.

After graduating from the Wilhelmsgymnasium in Kassel, in 1943, he decided to join Tito's army. On his way to Yugoslavia to fight against Germany, he was arrested in Austria, and was imprisoned in Graz, Vienna and Prague. Unfortunately, in prison he contracted Typhus, but he was rushed to hospital and his life was saved by the Gestapo doctors.

Scholl-Latour then fought as a French parachutist in the First Indochina War. After taking a master's degree at Institut d’études politiques de Paris and subsequently completing his doctoral studies at the Sorbonne, he gained another master's in Arab and Islamic studies at Saint Joseph University of Beirut. From 1963 to 1983 he was head of the Paris bureau of both the ARD and the ZDF. From 1969 to 1971 he was executive director and programming director of the WDR. He was taken prisoner by the Vietcong in 1973. During that week of imprisonment he was allowed to film a documentary about his experience. In 1983 Scholl-Latour became Editor in Chief of the magazine Stern and member of the board of Gruner + Jahr. From 1984 he was a member of the board of advisors of the UFA Film- und Fernsehen GmbH.

In 1978 Scholl-Latour had contact with Ayatollah Khomeini, who was in exile in Paris at that time. He was one of the few privileged journalists who were allowed to travel with the revolutionary leader on the plane upon Khomeini's return to Iran.

In 1985 Scholl-Latour became a member of the German-Arabian Association; since 2007 its chairman. With his trip to newly-independent East-Timor, he succeeded in visiting every country in the world.

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