Alexander of Cube

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Johann Maximilian Alexander von Cube (born September 1, 1927 in Duisburg ; † January 11, 2013 in Cologne ) was a German science journalist .


Von Cube, son of the architect Gustav von Cube , came from the German-Baltic noble family von Cube , of Brandenburg origin. After attending grammar schools in Trier, Düsseldorf and Bochum, he became a soldier in 1945 and was taken prisoner of war. In 1946 he graduated from high school and initially worked as a miner . From 1948 he studied German, philosophy, and art history in Cologne and Münster and worked as a journalist and writer. He published poems, short stories and essays in the Frankfurter Hefte and worked for radio stations.

Urn memorial plaque at the Overath-Rappenhohn cemetery

After completing his studies, he started as an editor at WAZ in Essen, then went on to work as a features editor at NRZ and the Hannoversche Allgemeine . He was involved in the "atomic death movement".

As editor of the SPD party organ Vorwärts , he finally got contacts to the Ministry for State Security of the GDR , not uncommon for journalists, because when they reported from the GDR, according to local guidelines, they were assigned more or less official employees of the State Security as companions without their intervention. According to files from the GDR, Alexander von Cube and colleagues offered to forward "good material" from the GDR to interested West German media. In 1966 he was suspected of being a member of a campaign against Herbert Wehner , together with other forward employees ( Carl Guggomos , Adalbert Wiemers and Ekkehart Wiemers) . Those affected defended themselves through legal proceedings against the suspicions, which were not proven.

Von Cube later headed the science program group at WDR . There he moderated the programs head to head , images from science and appeared in the figure of "Professor Pi-Square" in the WWF Club . From 1991 to 1996 he was a member of the WDR Broadcasting Council. He was a member of the PEN Center Germany .

Fonts (selection)

  • Death is also part of life. Mies publishing house, Wuppertal 1996.
  • with Werner Pütz and Ernst-Wolfgang Bücken: Overath: In pictures and texts. Published by Overath Municipality, 1995, ISBN 3-88913-153-0 .
  • The cube factor: of non-conductors, semiconductors, etc. Superconductors in d. Administration. Econ-Verlag, Düsseldorf / Vienna / New York 1989, ISBN 3-430-11972-3 .
  • With Günter Neuberger and Ekkehard Sieker: The end of the nuclear age . Dietz-Verlag, Berlin (West) / Bonn 1987, ISBN 3-8012-3021-X .
  • Riding a tiger: for u. against d. Atomic energy. European Publishing House, Cologne / Frankfurt am Main 1977, ISBN 3-434-00352-5 .
  • Helmut Krauch (ed.), Alexander von Cube (among others): The energy shock: we have to rethink. Deutsche Verlagsanstalt, Stuttgart 1974, ISBN 3-421-02666-1 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Nicolai von Cube: Interesting facts about the family von Cube . Retrieved January 16, 2013
  2. Alexander von Cube in the Munzinger archive ( beginning of article freely available)
  3. ↑ Introduced journalists to the achievements of socialism. How East Berlin had foreign reporters looked after, accompanied and spied on. In: Frankfurter Rundschau , February 22, 1990.
  4. Wehner. Leap forward . In: Der Spiegel . No. 13 , 1966, pp. 27-30 ( online ).