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Rüdiger Nehberg: Survival legend of German TV is dead


Rüdiger Nehberg, also known as "Sir Vival", died at the age of 84. His struggle against social problems made him famous around the world.

Rüdiger Nehberg, also known as "Sir Vival", died at the age of 84. His struggle against social problems made him famous around the world.

  • Rüdiger Nehberg is dead. He died at the age of 84.
  • He became famous in Germany as a survival expert.
  • His activism for human rights drew him around the world.

Bielefeld - Rüdiger Nehberg campaigned for endangered indigenous peoples, campaigned for human rights around the world and is considered a survival legend in Germany. Now Bielefeld-born , has died at the age of 84 .

Rüdiger Nehberg is dead: he had planned lectures

On his website, Nehberg announces his latest book, "Courage is no match". He had planned numerous lectures all over Germany for the autumn. Now his management had to tell the sad news of the death of the survival specialist . "Rüdiger Nehberg is dead. We mourn," can be read above all reports. Difficult days for the German film and TV world, which is currently mourning the death of actress and activist Barbara Rütting.

Survival legend Rüdiger Nehberg: "Experienced so much that it is enough for three lives"

"Somehow I'm lucky! Because I'm still alive. Not just because I was lucky enough to survive 22 armed robberies . But above all because, as an ex-baker, according to statistics from life insurers at 68, I should have put my dough scraper out of my hand long ago. And because I have experienced so much that it would be enough for three lives , ”Nehberg is posthumously quoted on his website. And yes, " Sir Vival " saw a lot, did and above all did better .

Activist Rüdiger Nehberg: He has received several awards for his fight for human rights

In addition to the Federal Cross of Merit and the First Class Federal Cross of Merit, Nehberg also received honorary citizenship from the Afar people . He received great respect around the world for his work as a human rights activist .

"Sir Vival": The "Germany March" made Rüdiger Nehberg a star in Germany

In Germany, Rüdiger Nehberg became a star in 1981. The ZDF accompanied his " Deutschlandmarsch ", during which he hiked 100 kilometers on foot through the Federal Republic and lived only on what he could find in nature. Eight other documentaries should follow. They show it on a garbage raft in the Atlantic , on foot in the desert or apparently lost in the jungle .


The dove of peace in the luggage: In 2000 Rüdiger Nehberg left with a one-master from the West African coast to Brazil.

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Nehberg had already started his commitment to the South American Indian people "Yanomami" a year earlier. The Brazilian government had struck an expressway through its tribal area in the 1970s. Diseases crept in, numerous deaths and the extinction of entire villages. It was not until 1992 that Brazil gave in to pressure and set up the Yanomami Park Reserve.

Fighting genital mutilation: Nehberg made the world a lot better in many places

But Rüdiger Nehberg didn't just help there . Especially on the African continent, he fought against female genital mutilation and probably prevented a lot of suffering.

One of the greatest thinkers of German television, Hans Prescher, died in March. The former HR director is considered the inventor of the “crime scene” and has worked on two Oscar works. Earlier this week, Star Wars actor and Lord of the Rings voice coach Andrew Jack succumbed to coronavirus disease.

Source: merkur

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