Franz-Josef Heyen

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Franz-Josef Heyen (born May 2, 1928 in Blankenheim (Ahr) ; † September 1, 2012 in Koblenz ) was a German archivist , historian and philologist with a focus on the history of institutions, monasteries, churches and people in the area of ​​today's Rhineland - Palatinate .

Live and act

After graduating from the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gymnasium (today: Max-Planck-Gymnasium ) in Trier , Heyen studied at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz and trained as an archivist in Marburg .

From 1971 to 1991 he was director of the state main archive Koblenz and the state archive administration Rhineland-Palatinate . He then took over the management of the 2000 year celebration of the city of Koblenz in 1992. He was also chairman of the Association for History and Art of the Middle Rhine, President of the Society for Middle Rhine Church History (1971–1989) and member of the board of the working group of regional studies associations . In 1974 he founded the Commission for the History of the State of Rhineland-Palatinate and was its first managing director. He promoted the fine arts as a patron and exhibition initiator.

As an honorary professor , he taught historical auxiliary sciences at the University of Trier . On his 75th birthday in 2003, he was given an extensive commemorative publication entitled An Eifler for Rhineland-Palatinate . Since 1987 he has been a member of the Order of Knights of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem . In 1988 he was honored with the Culture Prize of the City of Koblenz .

Fonts (selection)


  • Emperor Heinrich's trip to Rome. The illustrated chronicle of Emperor Henry VII and Elector Baldwin of Luxembourg (1308–1313). Boldt, Boppard am Rhein 1965.
  • Investigations into the history of the Benedictine convent Pfalzel near Trier (approx. 700 to 1016). (= Studies on Germania Sacra. 5, ISSN  0585-6035 = Publications of the Max Planck Institute for History. 15). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1966.
  • National Socialism in Everyday Life. Sources on the history of National Socialism mainly in the Mainz-Koblenz-Trier area (= publications by the Rhineland-Palatinate State Archives Administration . Vol. 9, ISSN  0556-834X ). Boldt, Boppard am Rhein 1967.
  • The St. Paulin Abbey in front of Trier (= Germania Sacra . NF 6 = The Archdiocese of Trier. 1). de Gruyter, Berlin et al. 1972, ISBN 3-11-002273-7 ( digitized version ).
  • The St. Simeon Abbey in Trier (= Germania Sacra. NF 41 = The Archdiocese of Trier. 9). de Gruyter, Berlin et al. 2002, ISBN 3-11-017224-0 ( digitized version ).
  • The St. Marien-Stift in (Trier-) Pfalzel (= Germania Sacra. NF 43 = The Archdiocese of Trier. 10). de Gruyter, Berlin et al. 2005, ISBN 3-11-018419-2 ( digitized version ).
  • The St. Marien Stift in Kyllburg (= Germania Sacra. NF 48 = The Archdiocese of Trier. 11). de Gruyter, Berlin et al. 2007, ISBN 978-3-11-019472-2 ( digitized version ).


  • Slogan of the week. A wall newspaper in the Third Reich. 1936-1943 (= dtv. 2936). Deutscher Taschenbuch-Verlag, Munich 1983, ISBN 3-423-02936-6 .
  • Rhineland-Palatinate is born. Contributions to the beginnings of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate in Koblenz 1945–1951 (= publications of the commission of the state parliament for the history of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Vol. 5). A publication on the occasion of the Rhineland-Palatinate Day 1984. Boldt, Boppard am Rhein 1984, ISBN 3-7646-1849-3 .
  • with Johannes Mötsch : Balduin von Luxemburg. Archbishop of Trier - Elector of the Empire. 1285–1354 (= sources and treatises on the history of the Middle Rhine church. Vol. 53, ISSN  0480-7480 ). Festschrift on the occasion of the 700th year of birth. Verlag der Gesellschaft für Mittelrheinische Kirchengeschichte, Mainz 1985.
  • with Friedrich P. Kahlenberg : Südwestfunk. Four decades of broadcasting in the southwest. Droste, Düsseldorf 1986, ISBN 3-7700-0706-9 .
  • with Odilo Engels , Franz Staab and Stefan Weinfurter : The Salians and the Empire. 3 volumes (Vol. 1: Salier, Aristocracy and Imperial Constitution. Vol. 2: The Imperial Church in the Salier period. Vol. 3: Change in society and the history of ideas in the Salian empire. ). J. Thorbecke, Sigmaringen 1991, ISBN 3-7995-4133-0 .
  • with Anton M. Keim : In search of a new identity. Culture in Rhineland-Palatinate in the post-war decade (= publications of the parliament's commission for the history of the state of Rhineland-Palatinate. Vol. 20). von Hase and Koehler, Mainz 1996, ISBN 3-7758-1349-7 .


  • Elsbeth Andre: Franz-Josef Heyen †. In: Der Archivar 66 (2013), pp. 134–135 ( online )
  • Johannes Mötsch : Franz-Josef Heyen (1928–2012). In: sheets for German national history . Vol. 148, 2012, pp. 503-508.
  • Johannes Mötsch (Ed.): An Eifler for Rhineland-Palatinate. Festschrift for Franz-Josef Heyen on the occasion of his 75th birthday on May 2, 2003 (= sources and treatises on the Middle Rhine church history. Vol. 105). 2 volumes. Society for Middle Rhine Church History, Mainz et al. 2003, ISBN 3-929135-39-6 .
  • Wolfgang Schütz: Koblenz heads. People of the city's history. Namesake for streets and squares. 2nd, revised and expanded edition. Publishing house for advertising papers GmbH, Mülheim-Kärlich 2005, p. 243 f.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Trier historian Franz-Josef Heyen has died. On
  2. ^ Marlene Nikolay-Panter: Politics and society in letters from Rhenish emigrants from America. In: Johannes Mötsch (Ed.): An Eifler for Rhineland-Palatinate. Volume 1. 2003, pp. 571-584.
  3. Obituary: Prof. Dr. Franz-Josef Heyen (State Archive Administration Rhineland-Palatinate / State Main Archive Koblenz) ( Memento from September 12, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  4. "Rhineland-Palatinate through and through!" State Parliament President Mertes pays tribute to the deceased state historian Prof. Dr. Heyen. State Parliament of Rhineland-Palatinate , viewed on April 30, 2016