Benno Reifenberg

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Benno Carl Reifenberg (born July 16, 1892 in Oberkassel (Bonn) , † February 9, 1970 in Kronberg im Taunus ) was a German journalist , art critic , writer and publicist . He also wrote under the pseudonym "Florestan".


Reifenberg was the son of a German father and a Dutch mother. After participating in the First World War , he joined the editorial team of the Frankfurter Zeitung in 1919 . From 1924 to 1930 he was responsible for the features section . After two years (1930–1932) as Paris correspondent for the Frankfurter Zeitung, he took over the management of the political department and kept it until the propaganda ministry banned the paper in 1943. Until the end of the war, he became an “assistant” to the brain researcher Oskar Vogt .

After the war, he and others tried in vain to re-establish the “FZ”. From 1945 to 1958 he was the editor of the bi-monthly publication “ The Present ”. Since January 1, 1959, he was one of the editors of the " Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung " and held this position until the end of 1965. After retiring from the editorial office, he continued to work with her as an employee. On August 28, 1964, he was awarded the Goethe Prize of the City of Frankfurt in the Paulskirche in Frankfurt. The strong affinity to Goethe was characteristic of Reifenberg . This connection was expressed in his acceptance speech at the award ceremony. From 1959 to 1970 he was a member of the Advisory Board of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation .

His son Jan Reifenberg (1923–2014) worked for the FAZ as a diplomatic correspondent in Washington, Paris and Brussels until he retired.


Publications (selection)

  • Wilhelm Hausenstein : Max Beckmann , R. Piper & Co. Verlag, Munich 1949.
  • Landscapes and faces . Europa Verlag, Vienna 1973, ISBN 3-203-50444-8 .
  • The uniqueness of Frankfurt. Selected writings , ed. by Helga Hummerich. Kramer, Frankfurt am Main 1979, ISBN 3-7829-0220-3 .
  • (together with Theodor Heuss and Hermann Heimpel; eds.): The great Germans; 4 vol. Propylaenverlag, 1956


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ A b Ernst Klee : The cultural lexicon for the Third Reich. Who was what before and after 1945. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2007, ISBN 978-3-10-039326-5 , p. 477.