Arnold Schölzel

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Arnold Schölzel

Arnold Angelus Schölzel (born October 21, 1947 in Ritterhude ) was editor-in-chief from 2000 to the end of July 2016 and deputy editor-in-chief of the Berlin daily Junge Welt until the end of March 2019 . He has been editor-in-chief of the Rotfuchs monthly since April 1, 2019 .

He withdrew from military service in the Bundeswehr in 1967 by moving to the GDR , where he was an unofficial employee of the State Security until 1989 .


Schölzel is the son of Arnold Schölzel, who was mayor of Ritterhude from 1970 to 1995. At the age of 16 he joined the SPD , in November 1966 he graduated from high school. He then went to the armed forces voluntarily .

On August 13, 1967, the anniversary of the construction of the Berlin Wall , he deserted from the Bundeswehr to the GDR . There he was a laborer in Leipzig until 1970 . In 1970 he repeated his Abitur at the adult education center because the West German Abitur was not recognized in the GDR.

It was followed by a study of philosophy at the Humboldt University of Berlin , as he 1974 Diploma - philosopher graduated. In 1982, he was also in Berlin on " Karl Korsch - dogmatic Marxism a contribution to the study of the evolution of philosophical revisionism " doctorate . Until 1994 he worked at the university as a research assistant and senior assistant at the Department of History of Philosophy in the section Marxist-Leninist philosophy . His field of work included the history of philosophy in the 19th and 20th centuries. He has written articles in scientific journals as well as popular scientific articles for radio and daily newspapers. He has also published several books, including Das Schweigekartell , in Kai Homilius Verlag , which represents conspiracy ideological theses on the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 .

In 1997 Schölzel became the features editor of the Berlin daily Junge Welt . In February 2000 he succeeded Holger Becker as editor-in-chief. Here he continued his work on the history of philosophy, for example in a conversation (together with Johannes Oehme) with the Marxist theorist Hans Heinz Holz . On August 1, 2016, he was replaced by Stefan Huth as editor-in-chief of Junge Welt and has been working on the RotFuchs editorial team ever since .

Arnold Schölzel is a member of the DKP .

Schölzel lives in Berlin and is married for the second time. He has four children and four grandchildren.

Legal proceedings

Schölzel was charged with “violating press law” because he had published a text by Inge Viett in the Junge welt in preparation for the Rosa Luxemburg Conference in January 2011 . In it, the author described it as “legitimate” that, when Germany wages war, “Bundeswehr equipment is torched as an anti-war campaign”. On April 17, 2013, the Berlin Regional Court rejected the public prosecutor's petition for appeal, thereby confirming Schölzel's acquittal in the first instance.

State Security staff

After Schölzel moved to the GDR, he signed up under the code name "André Holzer" as an unofficial employee (IM) for the Ministry of State Security . As IM “André Holzer” he was assigned to a student opposition group at the Humboldt University of which he appeared to be a member. At times he passed detailed information on to the Ministry of State Security on a daily basis. The student group included civil rights activist Wolfgang Templin , the former editor-in-chief of the magazine Sinn und Form , Sebastian Kleinschmidt , and the “ BasisDruck ” publisher Klaus Wolfram. In 1991, Schölzel was suspended from teaching because of his IM activity, which lasted until 1989 , and was finally dismissed in 1994. Schölzel's IM work for the State Security is the subject of the documentary film Betrayed - six friends and a spy , which was shown on ARD in 2007. In the film, Schölzel admits to having been IM. When the filmmaker Inga Wolfram , Klaus Wolfram's former wife, asked why he betrayed his friends, he replied: “Hm. Well You betrayed 17 million. "

Stefan Wolle from the research association SED-Staat describes Schölzel as an informant “out of real enthusiasm, who with the greatest perfidy constantly betrayed the people he was friends with” .

Political commitment

In the 2019 European elections , Schölzel ran for 7th place on the list for the German Communist Party .


  • Karl Korsch's "undogmatic Marxism", a contribution to the investigation of the development history of philosophical revisionism , Berlin 1982
  • On the history of the Institute for Philosophy and the Marxist-Leninist Philosophy Section at the Humboldt University in Berlin , Berlin 1989
  • (Ed.): The Silent Cartel. Questions and contradictions about September 11th . Kai Homilius Verlag , Berlin 2003² ISBN 3-89706-892-3
  • (Ed.): Well, I've given you some trouble after all. Letters, texts, memories with Peter Hacks and Hans Heinz Holz , Berlin 2007

Web links


  • Bernd Stöver : Refuge GDR. Spies and other emigrants. Munich, Beck, 2009, pp. 211-238.

Individual evidence

  1. a b Klaus Grunewald: deserter and Marxist philosopher , Weser-Kurier of February 2, 2016
  4. Jenni Roth: Treason, Part 4: The student from the Stasi . In: fluter , issue 73 (winter 2019/2020), p. 43.
  5. Tobias Jaecker : Anti-Semitic conspiracy theories after September 11th. New variants of an old interpretation model . Lit, Münster 2004, ISBN 3-8258-7917-8 , pp. 77 f., 183
  6. Editing of the newspaper Junge Welt ( Memento of the original from July 28, 2006 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  7. ^ "Revisionists are always Kantians" , Junge Welt, February 26, 2015.
  8. Gunnar Decker : Dialektik des Verrats , In: Der Tagesspiegel, August 28, 2016.
  9. Call for commemoration for Otto Grüneberg  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  10. ^ Defeat for the public prosecutor Junge Welt from April 18, 2013
  11. ^ Acquittal for Schölzel taz on April 18, 2013
  12. a b Jana Hensel : The beautiful young world of the Stasi veterans - Die Welt , March 31, 2007
  13. Kerstin Ruskowski: The friend as the enemy . In the documentary "Betrayed. Six Friends and a Spy" Inga Wolfram works on GDR history - including her own. taz, July 11, 2007