Germany archive

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Germany archive

description German political scientific online portal
editor Federal Agency for Civic Education
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ISSN (print)
Cover of the magazine (1999).

The Germany Archive is a scientific online portal of the Federal Agency for Civic Education , which deals primarily with topics related to research on Germany and GDR research . The portal emerged from the traditional magazine of the same name (last subtitle: magazine for united Germany ), which was discontinued at the end of 2012 in the 45th year of publication.



The Germany Archive (DA) was created in 1968 from the former SBZ archive , which had been published by Kiepenheuer & Witsch since 1950 with financial support from the Federal Ministry for All-German Issues . The Germany Archive was published monthly until 1995, and then six times a year until the end of 2010 on behalf of the Federal Agency for Civic Education at W. Bertelsmann Verlag .

In 2010 the federal headquarters and the publisher decided to distribute the magazine online in parallel. Since January 2011 the contributions have been published monthly on the homepage of the Federal Agency for Civic Education. This offer was free. Until the end of 2012, the magazine was also published four times a year in print. For cost reasons, the print edition was discontinued at the beginning of 2013.


Among other things, the magazine dealt with the history of the GDR, the German unification process and issues of German politics. The permanent authors include Erich Loest , Karl Wilhelm Fricke and Wolfgang Templin . In March 2009, an article by Helmut Müller-Enberg caused a sensation, in which the cooperation of the former Berlin police officer Karl-Heinz Kurras was discussed, who shot the student Benno Ohnesorg on June 2, 1967 and was an unofficial employee of the Ministry for State Security (MfS) was.

An interview by the historian Manfred Wilke with the former Colonel General of the Soviet Armed Forces, Anatoly Grigoryevich Mereschko , also caused quite a stir . In this conversation, which was published in DA 02/2011 on February 4, 2011, Mereschko claims that he planned the construction of the Berlin Wall and not Erich Honecker as he claims to be. The Superillu published a four-page report on this. Maria Nooke , deputy director of the Berlin Wall Foundation , told the Berliner Kurier that the thesis would be dealt with at the scientific conference on the 50th anniversary of the building of the wall.

In retrospect, the Germany Archive calls Die Zeit “the most important journal for East-West research”. To come to terms with GDR history, the magazines Horch and Guck (Berlin, since 2014: Leipzig) and Gerbergasse 18 (Jena) were foundedin the 1990s, independently of the DA.


Web links

Commons : Germany Archives  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Germany Archive Online . Federal Agency for Civic Education. Retrieved February 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "Deutschland Archiv" trade journal before the end.  ( 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. Mitteldeutscher Rundfunk, November 28, 2012; Retrieved January 3, 2013.@1@ 2Template: Dead Link /  
  3. Ohnesorg's shooter was IM . In: Der Tagesspiegel , May 22, 2009.
  4. "Do you work out a plan to limit order between both parts of Berlin!" . In: Germany Archive , 02/2011, February 4, 2011.
  5. "Not Honecker, I planned the wall" . In: Superillu , issue 12/2011, March 17, 2011, pp. 16-19.
  6. "I planned the wall" . In: Berliner Kurier , March 17, 2011.
  7. Anne Hähnig: Unity knowledge . In: Die Zeit , No. 2/2013.