Felix Rexhausen

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Felix Rexhausen, around 1984 in Hamburg

Felix Rexhausen (born December 31, 1932 in Cologne , † February 6, 1992 in Hamburg ), pseudonym Stefan David , was a German journalist and writer .


Felix Rexhausen grew up in Leipzig (until 1942) and Hamburg. In 1951 he graduated from high school in Hamburg. He then studied economics at the University of Cologne and graduated in 1956 with a degree in economics. Then he was assistant to Prof. Günter Schmölders . In 1959 he received his doctorate in economics and social sciences. Together with Carola Stern and Gerd Ruge , he founded the German section of Amnesty International in 1961 . From 1961 to 1964 he worked as a freelance editor at Westdeutscher Rundfunk in Cologne. In September 1963 he solved with the WDR glossary Mit Bayern Lebenthe “first major German satire scandal”. From 1964 to 1966 he was an editor at Kölner Stadtanzeiger , from 1966 to 1968 at Spiegel . He also wrote for the time . From 1968 he lived as a freelance journalist and writer in Hamburg. In 1978 he was a district writer for Harvestehude . In addition to his journalistic work, Rexhausen published novels, satires and poetry (some set to music by Wolfgang “Schobert” Schulz and made heard by Schobert and Black ). He is considered to be one of the first well-known German-speaking authors who openly dealt with the subject of homosexuality (not least based on his own experiences) as early as the 1960s: [...] "a young woman is breastfeeding her baby and calls the gay man a coward "[...].


Inauguration of Felix-Rexhausen-Platz on December 10, 2015

The Federation of Lesbian and Gay Journalists has been awarding the Felix Rexhausen Prize, named after Rexhausen, since 1998 .

On March 27, 2014, after a suggestion by the Association of Lesbian and Gay Journalists , the Cologne District Representation for the City Center decided to name a square at Cologne Central Station after Felix Rexhausen. The inauguration planned for May 2015 was suspended after the journalist and theologian David Berger had expressed the opinion in an online article that Rexhausen had made positive comments about pedophilia in the novel Touches from 1969 . The Association of Lesbian and Gay Journalists contradicted Berger's account. The Green politician Volker Beck called for an investigation into the allegations against Rexhausen, but without knowing the book. According to District Mayor Andreas Hupke , the allegations against Rexhausen were not confirmed, and the square was inaugurated on December 10, 2015.


The literary scholar Benedikt Wolf has compiled a comprehensive bibliography of Rexhausen's works. It contains 398 works by Felix Rexhausen and 63 sources with secondary literature.


  • The entrepreneur and economic development , Berlin 1960 ( submitted under the same title to Günter Schmölders on February 27, 1959 as a dissertation at the economics and social science faculty of the University of Cologne )
  • The financial publicity of the states and municipalities , Berlin 1963; Financial research, new series, issue 28
  • Living with Bavaria , Offenbach am Main 1963
  • The awkward and the way to the right-wing state or who is decomposing what? , Cologne 1965
  • In German ink , Frankfurt a. M. 1965
    (also published as a long-playing record by Telefunken: Deutschland Your Speakers. Federal Republican Speeches - notated by Felix Rexhausen )
  • Lavender sword , Frankfurt a. M. 1966
  • Poems to Bülbül , Stierstadt i.Ts. 1968
  • The thing , Frankfurt / M. 1968
  • Touchings , Darmstadt 1969 (under the name Stefan David)
  • Seelenadel , Zweibrücken 1969 (together with Axel Hertenstein)
  • From great Germans , Stierstadt i.Ts. 1969
  • Germania below the belt , Bern [u. a.] 1970
  • Spukspaßspitzen , Pforzheim 1970 (together with Axel Hertenstein)
  • How it works , Düsseldorf 1974
  • So and so , Leverkusen 1976
  • In Harvestehude. Notes from a Hamburg district writer. , Hamburg 1979
  • The lavender staircase , Düsseldorf 1979
  • About election campaign , Lucerne [u. a.] 1980
  • Best ride! , Ottersberg 1981
  • Collected works , Berlin
    • Volume 1: The fairy tale flap: all kinds of inter-manhoods; Stories, Marches, Rhymes , 1982
      (another volume has not been published)
  • Today's homosexual and Christmas , Kiel 1987
  • German Christmas , Munich 1989


  • Soap doesn't matter to the new , a comedy, premiered on November 14, 1970 at the Kammerspiele Lübeck (director: Karl Vibach )
  • Triangles - demonstration of three piece requests , a game show
  • ... then again on the right , a revue, premiered on May 15, 1979 in the Wuppertaler Schauspielhaus (director: Helmut Baumann , music: Dirk Schortemeier )


For the double LP all year round! by Schobert and Black , he has written 14 song texts.


  • Amilcare Puviani : The Illusions in Public Finance , Berlin 1960 (translated with Marianne Hartmann)


  • Benedikt Wolf: Live with Germany! - Felix Rexhausen's literature between decomposition and play of forms. Swarm of men, Berlin 2020, ISBN 978-3-86300-295-4 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. http://www1.wdr.de/stichtag/stichtag7802.html
  2. Felix Rexhausen's curriculum vitae; from the estate. published as a facsimile in: Benedikt Wolf: Living with Germany! ( ISBN 978-3-863002954 )
  3. ^ Felix Rexhausen: In Harvestehude: Notes of a Hamburg district writer . M + K Hansa Verlag, Hamburg 1979, ISBN 3-920610-26-1 , p. 7 .
  4. ^ Felix Rexhausen: Poems to Bülbül. Depicted with five likenesses of nature by Bernard Jäger. Eremiten-Presse, Stierstadt 1968, p. 14 .
  5. Felix Rexhausen - a short biography http://www.blsj.de/medienpreis/felix-rexhausen/
  6. District Representation City Center Cologne, Ref. BV1 / 0055/2014, Agenda Item 7.13
  7. ^ Opinion on the discussion about Felix Rexhausen and materials for forming opinions blsj.de from September 13, 2015
  8. Bettina Janecek: Whirlwind of pedophilia allegations against Felix Rexhausen . Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger from May 6, 2015
  9. Norbert Blech: Cologne: Rexhausen-Platz is now inaugurated . queer.de from September 11, 2015
  10. Book on the work of Felix Rexhausen published on April 4, 2020 at blsj.de
  11. DNB 480049343