Dresdner People's Newspaper

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Dresdner People's Newspaper
Head of newspaper by Friedrich Kurt Fiedler
description Organ for the interests of the entire working people, later organ for the working people
publishing company Wilhelm August Kaden Verlag Kaden & Comp (Germany)
First edition 1908
attitude 1933
Frequency of publication Every day
Editor-in-chief Robert Grötzsch
ZDB 2803884-8

The Dresdner Volkszeitung (DVZ) was a German weekly newspaper. It was published from May 1, 1908 to March 8, 1933 by Wilhelm August Kaden Verlag Kaden & Comp. The address of the publishing house Kaden & Comp. Wettiner place 10 with the attached newspaper editorial office. Until it was banned by the Nazis in 1933, it was the organ of the Dresden Social Democracy . The editor-in-chief was Robert Grötzsch . Distribution area was Dresden and the surrounding area. The readership grew rapidly from 12,000 initially to 50,000 at the beginning of the First World War.


The newspaper had several precursors. From 1859 there was the Saxonia , 1871 to 1877 the newspaper Dresdner Volksbote , April 1, 1877 to 1878 Dresdner Volkszeitung , December 1878 to 1883 a Dresden evening newspaper and from 1883 to 1889 a Saxon weekly newspaper . August Kaden founded the Sächsische Arbeiterzeitung on December 25, 1889 , and the Dresdner Volkszeitung from May 1, 1908.

Many well-known editors worked for the Dresdner Volkszeitung. These included Georg Gradnauer (Prime Minister of Saxony during the Weimar Republic), Richard Rösch and Wolfgang Schumann . His wife, Eva Schumann , wrote as a radio critic for the Dresdner Volkszeitung. Paul Büttner worked as a music critic for 21 years from 1912, his wife Eva Büttner was also an art critic from 1912. Karl Hanusch carried out some graphic work.

On March 2, 1933, the Dresden police headquarters banned the Dresdner Volkszeitung for one week, and it was not allowed to appear again until March 10. On March 8th, the police and SA searched and occupied the editorial office, publishing house and printer of the Dresdner Volkszeitung as well as the SPD secretariats in East Saxony and Greater Dresden on Wettiner Platz and the union's own Dresdner Volkshaus on Schützenplatz. With rifles ready to fire, the police secured the SA operations in both buildings. The people were driven into the cellar; there was a hail of blows and kicks, the screams could be heard in the area. In the afternoon, the party literature confiscated from the buildings, as well as posters, leaflets, brochures and red flags, burned on the spacious, cordoned off Wettiner Platz. Finally the SA hoisted a swastika flag on the roof of the DVZ building. Through these actions the reappearance of the Dresdner Volkszeitung should be successfully prevented.

As a result of the robbery, the newspaper lost its material and human resources, so efforts to get it back could not be successful. Editor-in-chief Robert Grötzsch managed to go underground. Max Sachs was arrested and tortured to death two years later in Sachsenburg concentration camp in 1935 , while journalist Paul Mochmann was arrested in Hohnstein concentration camp . Indeed, it had become impossible to get the paper out.

After the Second World War , DVZ appeared on September 11, 1945, initially under the name Volksstimme . On April 13, 1946, the forced merger with the Sächsische Volkszeitung of the KPD to become the Sächsische Zeitung took place . Kurt Gentz from the SPD and Hans Teubner from the KPD took over the management of the editorial team , the editors mostly came from the KPD. The newspaper became the mouthpiece of the SED and actively participated in the defamation of social democracy.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ History of Pirna
  2. Microfilm archive of the German-speaking press eV
  3. ^ Prohibition of the Dresdner Volkszeitung
  4. March 8, 1933
  5. Terror against the last defenders of the republic
  6. ^ Socialist communications
  7. Lars-Marten Nagel: Ready to investigate to a certain extent: investigative journalism in Germany and the USA. Volume 6 of Research Journalism and Critical Media Policy


  • Heinrich Holek: From the way of the cross of life. Novels, sketches and satires. Vienna, Burga, 1924.
  • Robert Grötzsch: Journalist overboard. Game in 3 acts. Berlin: Drei-Masken-Verlag. 1930.

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