Erich Lissner

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Erich Lissner (born July 22, 1902 in Chemnitz ; died November 8, 1980 in Bad Homburg vor der Höhe ) was a German journalist.


Erich Lissner attended the Vitzthumsche Gymnasium in Dresden and after graduating from high school in 1922/23 studied at the Dresden Art Academy with the painter Richard Dreher . In 1923 he went to the first Bauhaus exhibition in Weimar. Lissner was friends with Jakob Hegner , Otto Dix , Oskar Kokoschka , Walter Hasenclever , Kurt Schwitters and Carl Sternheim and went to Hellerau for performances by the Mary Wigman dance school . From 1925 he studied archeology, ethnology, philosophy and art history in Berlin, Cologne and Munich.

After the Nazis came to power in 1933, a further career at a university or a public museum was blocked for him as a democrat, and Lissner now worked in the private sector, initially as an advertising copywriter at Werner & Mertz in Mainz and from 1938 in the advertising department of the Kalle chemical factory in Wiesbaden . During this time he wrote a "Wurstologie" . In 1943 he was drafted into the Wehrmacht as a medical soldier .

After 1945, Lissner was considered “unencumbered” and in 1946 Golo Mann brought him to the Hessischer Rundfunk as editor-in-chief of the literature department. In 1948, Lissner moved to the editorial office of the Frankfurter Rundschau and until 1969 headed the newspaper's feature section.

Fonts (selection)

  • From Germany's past: an Erdal picture book . Ed. Erdal-Fabrik. Mainz: Werner & Mertz Aktiengesellschaft, 1937
  • Wurstologia or It's about the sausage . Frankfurt am Main: Hauserpresse, H. Schaefer, 1939
    • Sausage against sausage . Freiburg i. Br .: Hyperion, 1965


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