Fred Luchsinger

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Person.png Fred Luchsinger  Rdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
(journalist, editor)
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Born9 July 1921
St. Gallen, Switzerland
Died9 May 2009 (Age 87)
Member ofLe Cercle
Newspaper editor, Le Cercle

Dr Fred Luchsinger was a journalist and chief editor of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung. He attended the 1969 Bilderberg and a Zurich meeting of Le Cercle in 1980.


Fred Luchsinger went to the Literargymnasiums Kantonsschule in St. Gallen, and then studied History and Philosophy in Zurich and Basel. He was a doctoral student of Werner Kaegi and in 1948 completed his thesis on the Basler Buchdruck als Vermittler italienischen Geistes.


In 1949, Luchsinger volunteered at the foreign desk of the Neue Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ), becoming their correspondent for Germany from 1955 to 1963. His criticism of the German government's policy and of Chancellor Konrad Adenauer contributed to the reputation of the NZZ in Germany.

In the Autumn of 1963, Luchsinger returned to Zurich as a foreign editor. In 1966 he took over the management of the foreign desk and in 1968 he was named as successor to Willy Bretscher, the chief editor of the NZZ. In this capacity, he refashioned the NZZ as a modern newspaper. He retired in 1984.

Deep political connections

He attended Le Cercle in 1980 (at least).


Luchsinger was a member of the Executive Board of the Free Democratic Party of the Canton of Zurich and the Board of Trustees of Pro Helvetia. In the Swiss army, he wore the rank of Major. In 1981 he was awarded the Great Cross of Merit, and in 1985 the Freedom Prize of the Max Schmidheiny Foundation at the University of St. Gallen.


Events Participated in

Bilderberg/19699 May 196911 May 1969Denmark
Hotel Marienlyst
The 18th Bilderberg meeting, with 85 participants
Le Cercle/1980 (Zurich)28 June 198029 June 1980Switzerland
One of their shorter meetings, the minutes of which were in the Langemann Papers.