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Peter Surava war im 2. Weltkrieg der wohl kämpferischste Schweizer Journalist gegen die Nazis. Da er ursprünglich Hirsch geheissen hatte, forschten die Behörden nach, ob er ein Jude sei und sorgten dafür, dass er den Namen Surava, der ihn berühmt gemacht hatte, verlor. Danach tauchte er unter.

He called himself Surava

Peter Surava made history with the weekly paper «Die Nation» as a symbol of the anti-fascist resistance dur­ing World War II. He fought against censorship and for a human asylum policy. But therefore he became a personal enemy of the federal council Eduard von Steiger. Arrest, imprison­ment and anti-Semitism plunged him into misfor­tune. His fate was that he was origi­nally called Hans Werner Hirsch – a name with a Jewish ring to it.

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