Foreign correspondent for the Guardian who reported from Israel, Nigeria and France, and then wrote about religion for the paper
When a 13-year-old pupil at Manchester grammar school, Walter Schwarz wrote in an essay that he wanted “a life of travel, excitement, freedom: in short a journalist”. His teacher responded “an interesting ambition, not easily realised”.
However Walter, who has died aged 88, did realise it. In 31 years on the Guardian he was the paper’s correspondent successively in Nigeria, Israel, India, France and Germany before writing for it on religion.