Günter Wallraff

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Hans-Günter Wallraff (born October 1, 1942 in Burscheid ) is a German investigative journalist and writer . He is known for his reports on various large companies , the Bild newspaper and various institutions for which he always used the methods of investigative journalism .


Wallraff's father was first a worker and later an employee at Ford in Cologne. His mother came from a Huguenot family in the south of France , her parents were piano makers. When he was five years old, his father fell seriously ill as a result of his work in the Ford paint shop, which his son later called "paint hell". Since the mother had to go to work to support the family, Günter Wallraff was temporarily placed in a Catholic orphanage. Baptized Protestant after his birth, he became a Catholic at the urging of the nuns with the consent of his terminally ill father. When he was 16 years old, his father died. When he was in high school, Walraff wrote some poems and sent them to Heinrich Böll , whose nephew he was friends with and whose niece he later married. After the 10th grade, he left high school and began an apprenticeship as a bookseller, which he completed in 1962.

Günter Wallraff (2013)

Wallraff submitted his application for conscientious objection far too late, only two months before the draft, so he was drafted against his will on July 1, 1963 and tried with various actions to provoke his early release. When the application was rejected at the end of September, he immediately filed an objection. Wallraff (rifle rank) refused to pick up a rifle for 10 months. Wallraff noted his experiences and, supported by Böll, announced the publication of a Bundeswehr diary. Thereupon he was offered an exemption against publication waiver, which Wallraff refused. The troop doctor used a fall with a concussion, despite his recovery, as an excuse to admit him to the closed neurological-psychiatric department of the Koblenz military hospital . There “no pathological findings” or “physical complaints” were found, but it was declared “permanently incapable of use”.

The military medical diagnosis of "abnormal personality" (fitness grade VI) and "unfit for war and peace" in the preliminary discharge report was justified with Wallraff's publications in the "Zeitschrift für Lyrik" and his interest in pacifist literature. Because of the “development of individualistic, pacifist convictions” as a soldier, he was “permanently incapable of use” and would “only appear as a failure even in a case of defense”. This finding by the senior staff doctor from February 14, 1964, neurological-psychiatric department of the Bundeswehr hospital, is exhibited today in the Military History Museum in Dresden . Wallraff first published his experiences in the youth magazine Twen (1964) and later in two book editions (1982, 1994). Nevertheless, Wallraff is in favor of the reinstatement of compulsory military service or a compulsory social year in Germany, since he sees the danger of a closed society in a professional army and social advantages in a compulsory year.

The first reports

Between 1963 and 1965 Wallraff worked as a worker in various large companies, including a sintering plant at a Thyssen steelworks . The union newspaper Metall printed the first reports in 1965, with which he first caused a sensation. In the following year Wallraff published a first anthology We need you - As a worker in German industrial companies (paperback edition 1970: industrial reports ). The reports provided authentic insights into the industrial working world. After Wallraff became known through his industrial reports, he joined the Dortmund group 61 in 1965 . In the following year he worked first for the Hamburger Abendecho , then for the magazine pardon , from 1968 finally for the magazine Beton .

Despite so-called Wallraff profiles in the boardrooms of the companies he “visited”, with which other HR offices should be warned, he was able to continue his research undetected by always adopting a different identity. In 1969 , for example, 13 unwanted reports appeared in which he slipped into the role of an alcoholic in a mental hospital, a homeless person, a student looking for a room and a potential napalm supplier for the armed forces of the United States . After the book was published, he was charged with presumption of office because he had pretended to be "Ministerialrat Kröver of a civil committee of the Federal Ministry of the Interior " on the phone at various companies . The Frankfurt am Main district court acquitted him on December 9, 1969, justifying this with the public's right to information.

In 1971 the ZDF broadcast the television report Flucht vor den Heimen , written by Wallraff, which dealt with welfare education. In the same year he joined the writers' association PEN Center Germany and researched more and more together with other authors. So in 1973 you appeared up there - we down there and immediately became a bestseller. While Bernt Engelmann investigated the views and habits of industrialists, Wallraff investigated undercover as workers in corresponding companies, including the Melitta-Werke , Fichtel & Sachs and Thurn and Taxis , as well as in the role of a porter and messenger in the Gerling Group.

In 1982, the Higher Administrative Court for the State of North Rhine-Westphalia dismissed Wallraff's action against the monitoring of his telephone in March 1974 and described the implementation as lawful.

Protest and imprisonment in Greece

As a delegate of the “Greece Solidarity Committee”, Wallraff chained himself to a light pole on Syntagma Square in Athens on May 10, 1974 and distributed leaflets criticizing the terror regime of the Greek military dictatorship . Since the approaching secret police thought Wallraff was a local, they mistreated him on the spot. He was tortured at the security police headquarters until he could reveal his identity. After being sentenced to 14 months in solitary confinement, he was sent to Korydallos Prison . After the collapse of the military dictatorship, all political prisoners were released in August, including Wallraff. In the book Our Fascism next door. Greece yesterday - with the help of Eckart Spoo , Wallraff presented the experiences made with a lesson for tomorrow .

The incident was taken up by Klaus Staeck in 1975 in a poster with the title "The art of the 70s does not take place in the hall".

Spínola action

In the role of an arms dealer and Franz Josef Strauss negotiator, Wallraff met the former Portuguese President General Spínola on March 25, 1976 in Düsseldorf , whose followers he had met during a three-month stay in Portugal. Before Spínola could implement his coup plan, Wallraff made the details public on April 7 at a press conference in Bonn . While the media in other European countries reported on it in great detail, in the Federal Republic of Germany only the ARD magazine Panorama , the Stern and the low-circulation papers with an anti-fascist orientation dealt with the topic. Wallraff, who was monitored by the Federal Intelligence Service at the time , and Hella Schlumberger then wrote the book Uncovering a Conspiracy. The Spínola action .

"Anti-BILD trilogy"

Günter Wallraff at a reading during his anti-image campaign in 1981

In 1977 Wallraff worked for three and a half months as an editor for the Bild newspaper in Hanover . In the bestseller The lead story. The man who was with "Bild" Hans Esser describes his experiences in the local editorial office in Hanover and reports serious journalistic omissions and improper research methods to the Bild-Zeitung. The German Press Council thereupon issued six reprimands against the Bild newspaper and also reprimanded Wallraff for his “inadmissible undercover research”. Axel Springer AG then sued Wallraff several times, so that several passages were changed in the subsequent editions. The book has been published uncensored again since 2012.

The broadcast of the documentary film Informations aus dem Hinterland , produced by WDR in 1977, was refused by the television director at the time, Heinz Werner Huebner , because the Axel Springer Verlag heard of the production and was "very angry". The film was later shown in some arthouse cinemas.

In 1978, Wallraff set up the aid fund “If picture lies, fight against it” in order to provide legal support to those affected by picture reporting. In 1979 the book Witnesses for the Prosecution was published. The "picture" description continues . This was the first time that many of those affected and long-term employees of the newspaper expressed themselves. The “Bild” manual followed in 1981 . The picture manual up to picture failure as a kind of legal advice for injured parties.

In the same year, the series of lawsuits initiated by Axel Springer AG, which served to repress the plant, came to an end. The Federal Court of Justice ruled largely in Wallraff's favor. Axel Springer AG lodged a constitutional complaint against this with the Federal Constitutional Court . In its landmark judgment of January 25, 1984, however, this only criticized the sometimes literal description of an editorial conference.

1987 gave concrete -Herausgeber Hermann L. Gremliza known that he is "anti-IMAGE Trilogy" as the majority of the ghostwriter wrote. Wallraff did not write a single one of his books all by himself. Gremliza repeated again in January 2012, he got the lead story written from beginning to end. Uwe Herzog stated that he carried out part of the research on the bottom of the page and wrote part of this book. Wallraff himself does not deny having worked with co-authors, but considers this to be irrelevant, and none of them claim any rights to the works. According to Wallraff, Gremliza edited dictated texts as the editor at the time.

At the bottom

Günter Wallraff (1985)

From 1983 Wallraff worked for two years as a Turkish guest worker "Ali Levent Sinirlioğlu" at various companies, including McDonald’s and Thyssen . He also took part in clinical studies in the field of pharmaceutical research . His experiences, which were perceived as extremely negative, ranging from the tone of voice towards guest workers to tax-saving tricks by companies to the violation of elementary occupational health and safety rules , he described in detail in the book Quite Below , which was created in collaboration with several co-authors. Later he founded the aid fund "Foreigners Solidarity". The documentary film “ Quite Below” was released in 1986. The book “ Quite Below” has been sold over five million times in Germany and was published in 38 translations. It is the most successful German non-fiction book since 1945.

In Israel during the Second Gulf War

After Saddam Hussein threatened to destroy Israel in the event of an attack by coalition forces on December 24, 1990 , Wallraff traveled through Israeli kibbutzim in 1991 and spoke to Jewish Holocaust survivors , among others . He described his impressions and findings in the afterword to Lea Fleischmann's book Gas. Diary of a Threat - Israel During the Gulf War .

With Abdullah Öcalan in Syria

In December 1996 Wallraff met with the PKK leader Abdullah Öcalan in a Syrian training camp to talk to him about The Suras Apos of the Kurdish dissident Selim Çürükkaya , who was threatened with death because of this book. Wallraff was warmly welcomed by Öcalan thanks to his role as Turkish worker "Ali", but failed in relation to the revocation of the murder order. The conversation was reprinted from the time .

Relationship to the GDR

Friendships with GDR dissidents

According to his own account, Wallraff was friends with the GDR writer and civil rights activist Jürgen Fuchs .

In his defense speech before the Athens military tribunal in 1974, he criticized the GDR.

After Wolf Biermann's expatriation from the GDR, he found temporary shelter with Wallraff. Thereupon his books, which had been published under license in the GDR, were taken out of distribution there. Wallraff was no longer allowed to enter the GDR.

In 2015, he admitted: "We knew about the human rights violations under socialism, but we did not address them sustainably enough."

Suspected Stasi activity

In September 2003, after the BStU had inspected the Rosenholz files , Wallraff was shown connections to the State Security Service of the GDR in the 1960s and 1970s, but what nature these were is controversial. From 1968 and 1971 he was listed as an unofficial employee with work files (IMA) Wagner by the HVA . Wallraff does not deny having been in contact with the Stasi or being listed as "IM Wagner", but rather having ever actively worked for the Stasi. On December 17, 2004, the Hamburg Regional Court ruled on the basis of its lawsuit against the Axel Springer Verlag, which had repeatedly referred to him as an unofficial employee and Stasi employee, that the publisher could not provide any evidence for his claims based on the documents presented, and therefore this may not repeat in the future. On January 10, 2006, the Hanseatic Higher Regional Court finally confirmed a judgment against the Axel-Springer-Verlag, with which it is prohibited from accusing Wallraff of working for the GDR state security. In 2010, the Danish secret service granted historians access to his minutes on Günter Wallraff from the 1970s. These show that Wallraff met the journalist and IM Friedhelm Heinz Gundlach in private.

More covert research

Günter Wallraff (2007)

Wallraff was already doing research in Japan as an Iranian worker in the 1990s. The accompanying report received attention on Japanese television.

Wallraff has been researching in Germany for the revived Zeit magazine Leben since May 2007 . In researching the first report of this series he sold in a call center of the company Callon in direct sales system lottery bills the company Lotto team . Since the industry is not hiring “older people”, Wallraff assumed the identity of a man 16 years his junior with the help of a makeup artist. Wallraff reported on the methods used there and in a ZIU-International call center and criticized, in addition to harassment of those called, misinformation by employees, systematic violations of the law against unfair competition and attempts, contracts concluded through untruthful allegations and intimidation of those called to force. In November 2007, the ZDF broadcast the documentary When Call Rip off .

For the second report in this series Wallraff 2008 worked one month for Gebr. Weinzheimer bread factory from Stromberg , whose only customer at the time of the food discounter Lidl was, and published in Time magazine article Our daily bread , where he besides the poor pay Criticized working conditions, safety deficiencies and hygienic conditions. Lidl responded to the publication with a public statement, and Bernd Westerhorstmann, the owner of the baking factory, filed a complaint against Wallraff for trespassing . According to information from the NDR, however, the bakery agreed to pay its employees above the tariff in the future. In September 2010 the closure of the plant as a result of the revelations was reported. A process of negligent bodily harm was brought against the owner of the bakery , in which Wallraff was heard as a witness. The owner was acquitted.

From December 2008 to February 2009 Wallraff researched in homeless shelters a. a. in Cologne, Frankfurt am Main and Hanover and made a “record” himself to examine the living conditions of people without a permanent residence. In doing so, he uncovered numerous abuses in the homes: some were locked from the inside at night, there was a climate of fear and violence and there was a lack of care staff. There must be more social workers who turn to the local people. Wallraff himself sees homelessness as an increasingly central issue in the economic crisis that could soon affect everyone. As a result of the report on the conditions in the emergency shelter “Bunker am Welfenplatz” in Hanover, it was closed.

In April 2009, Wallraff covered in the time another data scandal at the Deutsche Bahn on.

The working conditions at the logistics service provider General Logistics Systems (GLS) were the subject of a research by Wallraff broadcast in May 2012. After working for several months at GLS, the journalist accused the company of wage dumping and desolate working conditions. The employees would be forced into bogus self-employment and would have to work up to 14 hours a day. This would be masked by fictitious information from authorities.

Black on white

In autumn 2009, the next undercover report by Günter Wallraff was released with the film Black on White - A Journey Through Germany . This time he had a make-up artist help him to get dark skin. For months he toured as Somali Kwami Ogonno with a camera team across Germany and discovered latent or open racism at many stages of his trip . The black author Noah Sow criticized this action, among other things, with the words: "He apes oppressed minorities and thus reaps money, attention and even respect." As a "painted white" one cannot have black experiences. The method itself, the Süddeutsche Zeitung criticizes , is racist. Wallraff operates "less an accusation against racism than a staging of his own prejudices". In a statement he rejected the allegation during a discussion on the TV channel ARTE in January 2011 and in return called the rule "how a black man should be" racist.

Fraud allegations against Wallraff

In August 2012, the FAZ and Der Spiegel reported on allegations by Wallraff's long-time employee André Fahnemann that he had forged affidavits from informants on Wallraff's instructions . In addition, Wallraff had employed him for four years without a contract and with a low salary, while Fahnemann had received state benefits with his knowledge, which complied with the offense of aiding and abetting social fraud . Richard Brox , another Wallraff employee from the homeless scene, disagreed with the allegations. Wallraff's lawyer Winfried Seibert also rejected the allegations and spoke of a "nasty denunciation aria": Fahnemann was never employed by Wallraff. One knows nothing of manipulation and it is assumed that no "in this sense falsified affidavit reached the court". The public prosecutor's offices in Cologne and Bad Kreuznach initiated investigations, but they were all closed.

RTL productions / Team Wallraff

On May 30, 2012, a Wallraff program was broadcast under the title “Günter Wallraff covers! The latest case of the undercover specialist ”shown. Another program followed on June 17, 2013 under the title “Team Wallraff - Undercover Reporters Uncover”. In April / May 2014, a series of three programs followed, which received a lot of media coverage because of a report on the Burger King snack chain . Wallraff rejected a connection between his collaboration with rival McDonald’s and the revelations about Burger King. In 2010, Wallraff took part in three events organized by McDonald's, a company he had previously criticized in “Quite Below”. Wallraff had the fees transferred to a resigned works council member and to his foundation.


Günter Wallraff was first married to the educator Birgit Böll, a niece of the writer Heinrich Böll . There are two daughters from this marriage. A marriage with the teacher Dorlies Pollmann followed; a daughter emerged from this relationship. Wallraff has been married to the television journalist Barbara Munsch for the third time since 1991 , with whom he has two daughters.

Wallraff is friends with the British writer Salman Rushdie . After the fatwa of the then Iranian head of state Khomeini against Rushdie, he stayed in hiding for a few days with Wallraff in 1989. In 2007, Wallraff's proposal to read Rushdie's work The Satanic Verses in the rooms of the Cologne mosque and the rejection of this proposal by DİTİB , the operator of the new central mosque in Cologne, caused temporary media excitement.

Some of his documents had been kept in the collapsed historical archive of the city of Cologne. All 240 boxes could be recovered undamaged.

In 2008 Wallraff asked for a foundation to finance grants for covert research, the aim of which is to help projects by young journalists. The scholarship holders should receive financial support "for one to three months" so that they can "research undisturbed". Wallraff stated that the social report was "still up to date and necessary".

In April 2019, Wallraff was seriously injured in a bicycle fall in Cologne.

Research style

The word "wallraffreportage" in a Swedish cultural newspaper in 2011

"[...] you have to dress up to unmask society, you have to deceive and disguise yourself in order to find out the truth."

- Günter Wallraff : Foreword to Right Down , 1985

Wallraff became internationally known through his research methods, in which he usually infiltrated the immediate core area of ​​the reporting goal with a different identity. This resulted in documentaries that denounced social grievances based on personal experience and tried to provide new insights into how society worked.

The person or company affected in this way criticized that Wallraff her personal rights or trade secrets have hurt, and tried to publish his research results often legally to stop. The courts, which had to judge, classified Wallraff's actions as legal and justified their decision-making with the freedom of the press and the general interest in areas that affect the formation of public opinion. Before the Cologne district court, Wallraff reached an agreement with a major baker, with which he withdraws or defuses some negative comments about him.

For the research style, the term "wallraffing" is used in Sweden , derived from the corresponding verb "att wallraffa", which was even included in the current edition of the Swedish Academy 's word list .


  • Günter Wallraff is u. a. Member of the Citizens' Committee alternative honorary citizenship, which awards the alternative Cologne honorary citizenship in Cologne .
  • As an ambassador, Günter Wallraff supports the Respekt! No place for racism .
  • In May 2012, he offered protection to the threatened artist Shahin Najafi and took him in.
  • In October 2015, it was announced that Wallraff had offered himself up as an exchange hostage in 2014 for a former US soldier who was kidnapped and held captive by the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group in Syria. The US embassy also rejected this because of the risk to Wallraff.
  • On February 6, 2020, Günter Wallraff and Sigmar Gabriel (former Federal Foreign Minister), Gerhard Baum (former Federal Minister of the Interior) and Sevim Dagdelen (Member of the Bundestag) presented the appeal “Julian Assange released from prison” at the Federal Press Conference in Berlin signed by well over 100 celebrities from politics, science, culture and the media.

Prizes and awards

Günter Wallraff Prize for journalism criticism

Since 2015 the Initiative Nachrichtenaufklerung e. V. (INA) presented the Günter Wallraff Prize for journalism criticism endowed with 10,000 euros as part of the annual Cologne forum for journalism criticism at Deutschlandfunk . The INA has set itself the goal of honoring people or institutions who "deal critically with journalism in an original and balanced way".




  • Heinz G. Schmidt: The new slave market. 1985.
  • SG Turan: fair game. 1992.
  • A. Lessing: My life in hiding. 1994.
  • S. Cürükkaya: PKK - The dictatorship of Abdullah Öcalan. 1997.
  • D. Kaya: My only fault is that I was born a Kurd. 1998.


Secondary literature

  • Reinhard Dithmar: Günter Wallraff's industrial reports. Kronberg 1973.
  • Christian Linder (Ed.): In the matter of Wallraff. Reports, analyzes and documents. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 1975.
  • New edition: In matters of Wallraff. From "industrial reports" to "right at the bottom". Reports, analyzes, opinions and documents. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 1986.
  • Frank Berger: Thyssen versus Wallraff. Chronicle of a political affair. Steidle Verlag, Göttingen 1988.
  • Wilfried Kriese: In my eyes, Günter Wallraff. Mauer Verlag, Rottenburg am Neckar 2004.
  • Ina Braun: Günter Wallraff read interculturally. Traugott Bautz, Neuhausen 2006, ISBN 3-88309-207-X (intercultural library)
  • Jürgen Gottschlich : The man who is Günter Wallraff. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 2007, ISBN 978-3-462-03926-9 .
  • Wolfgang Bittner , Mark vom Hofe: A life with many faces. Günter Wallraff. In: I meddle. Distinctive résumés. Horlemann, Bad Honnef 2006, ISBN 3-89502-222-5 .


  • Roland Gall, Günter Wallraff: Investigations against unknown persons. Fritz Wagner film production, 1973/1974
  • Profile of an unwanted person 1975, 105 min, interview by Günter Wallraff on GDR television with three exemplary cases as reenacted game scenes by DEFA ("Prince Mönch Emmeram and his servant", "Melitta report", "Meal, Mr. Director" ( Gerling)).
  • Information from the hinterland. 1977, 78 min (documentation on the research at Bild-Hannover)
  • Garlic, Kölsch and edelweiss. 1981, (Documentation on Wallraff's residential area Cologne-Ehrenfeld)
  • Nicaragua's bare feet . 1983, 100 min (documentary, screenplay)
  • Jörg Gfrörer , Günter Wallraff: Right at the bottom. KAOS Film- und Videoteam GmbH (Cologne) / Pirat-Film (Cologne) / Radio Bremen (RB), 1985, (Wallraff's experience as a Turkish guest worker Ali at Thyssen)
  • Alias ​​Günter Wallraff. A documentary by Roland Steiner. 1988
  • The social "phenomenon" Günter Wallraff. Attempt a film questioning.
  • Günter Wallraff: Black on white. Captator Film GmbH, release date: October 22, 2009 (Wallraff as a refugee from Somalia)
  • Team Wallraff reveals. TV series since April 28, 2014, RTL
  • Lutz Hachmeister: Wallraff was here. Documentation on Günter Wallraff's 75th birthday, 60 min., RTL 2017


  • We are Günter Wallraff! by Alexander Eisenach and Johannes Kirsten, staged in spring 2015 for the Staatsschauspiel Hannover


TV talk shows (example)

Web links

Commons : Günter Wallraff  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. The best dreams are the ones I fly in. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin. October 30, 2015, pp. 16-17.
  2. ^ Günter Wallraff: As a pacifist in the Bundeswehr . In: time online. November 2, 2000.
  3. ^ Wallraff for the reintroduction of conscription. The investigative journalist sees compulsory military service as advantages for a democracy. In: Deutschlandfunk Kultur . June 25, 2018, accessed August 1, 2018 .
  4. ^ Ina Braun: Günter Wallraff: Life, work, work, method. Würzburg 2007, ISBN 978-3-8260-3542-5 , p. 26.
  5. Jo, Jo, Jo . In: Der Spiegel . No. 51 , 1969, p. 86 ( online - December 15, 1969 ). Quote: “The court acquitted Wallraff at the expense of the state treasury because, with his appeal to a right to information or self-defense, he was subject to a 'factual error' that excludes criminal intent. However, the court put a stop to the unabashed journalistic exploitation of a stale block warden and subject mentality by means of faked titles in the style of Wallraff. It did not want 'with this judgment to express that in future everyone would be allowed to pretend to be a ministerial councilor'. "
  6. the art of the 70s - Edition Staeck. Retrieved September 3, 2020 .
  7. Otto Köhler : The "Wallraff Case" - From the rain to the manure. In: Friday. September 12, 2003.
  8. Peter Kleinert: Censored films in the WDR program. In: Neue Rheinische Zeitung. Online flyer no.24 from December 27, 2005.
  9. ^ Right: The offensive . In: Der Spiegel . No. 5 , 1981, pp. 48-50 ( Online - Jan. 26, 1981 ).
  10. ^ Basic judgment of January 25, 1984
  11. ^ A b Hermann L. Gremliza: Prize speech Karl Kraus Prize 1987. In: Konkret. 11/1987, p. 41.
  12. a b Jan Süselbeck : Ali in the rosewood. In: jungle world. No. 38, September 10, 2003.
  13. a b Herman L. Gremliza: von Konkret. In: Concrete. 11/2007. ( Betonet-verlage.de ( Memento from January 12, 2009 in the Internet Archive ))
  14. Hermann L. Gremliza: ... who wrote the book about Wallraff's experiences in the picture editorial team from the first line of the foreword to the last line of the afterword, that was me ... In: Concrete. 1/2012, p. 66.
  15. H [eribert] S [eifert]: Moral writings. In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung. October 19, 2007.
  16. Jürgen Gottschlich: The man who is Günter Wallraff. 2007, ISBN 978-3-462-03926-9 .
  17. Hans Leyendecker: The man who may not have been a lone perpetrator. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung. August 17, 2012. (sueddeutsche.de)
  18. active value: at the bottom. Retrieved September 3, 2020 .
  19. The best dreams are the ones I fly in. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin. October 30, 2015, p. 18.
  20. ^ IM "Wagner": Authority confirms Wallraff's Stasi activities ( memento of February 4, 2012 in the Internet Archive ). In: stern.de . September 4, 2003.
  21. Jürgen Schreiber: The Stasi is alive. Reports from an infiltrated country. Munich 2009, p. 174.
  22. a b Evelyn Finger , Annabel Wahba: Günter Wallraff: "They were friendly gentlemen" . In: The time . No. 18, April 26, 2012.
  23. ^ A b Stephanie Kirchner: Stasi allegations: Günter Wallraff: Conspiratorial meeting with Stasi employees? . In: Der Tagesspiegel . September 9, 2010.
  24. Undercover. In: The time . May 24, 2007.
  25. ZDF documentary: "Rip off when calling" from December 11, 2007
  26. a b Our daily bread roll. In: The time. May 1, 2008.
  27. ^ Opinion from Lidl on the report Our daily bread roll. May 2008. ( www.lidl.de ( Memento from May 6, 2008 in the Internet Archive ))
  28. ^ Cheap bakery factory reports critic Wallraff. In: Netzeitung. May 7, 2008. netzeitung.de ( Memento from May 9, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  29. Hans-Gerd Öfinger: collective agreement in Lidl Bread Factory (New Germany). Retrieved September 3, 2020 .
  30. Bakery closes according to Wallraff report: 23 unemployed. In: Merkur-online.de . September 30, 2010, accessed November 3, 2011 .
  31. Baker undercover. In: Der Tagesspiegel . October 4, 2011, accessed November 3, 2011 .
  32. Below zero. How do homeless people live in Germany? In: The time. March 5, 2009. (zeit.de)
  33. ↑ The bunker on Welfenplatz has had its day for the homeless. In: Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung. November 10, 2011. (haz.de)
  34. Homelessness: "It can affect anyone". Interview. In: time online. March 4, 2009. (zeit.de)
  35. Homelessness: "We take this very seriously". Summary of responses to the research. In: time online. March 7, 2009. (zeit.de)
  36. ^ Hidden research: Günter Wallraff homeless in Frankfurt. Reactions to the research in homeless shelters. In: hr-online. March 4, 2009. ( hr-online.de ( Memento from March 9, 2009 in the Internet Archive ))
  37. ^ Wallraff report: Hannover rejects criticism. Reactions to the research. In: NDR online. March 5, 2009. ( ndr.de ( Memento from March 9, 2009 in the Internet Archive ))
  38. Data protection: In Mehdorn's service. In: The time. April 23, 2009. ( zeit.de ( Memento from June 2, 2012 in the Internet Archive ))
  39. Wallraff raises serious allegations against the parcel service GLS . In: Spiegel online . May 30, 2012.
  40. Army of the Invisible . In: Zeit Online . May 31, 2012.
  41. A painted white person is not a black person. Interview about the film "Black on White". (No longer available online.) In: tagesschau.de. Archived from the original on March 2, 2013 ; Retrieved November 2, 2013 .
  42. ^ Andrian Kreye: Günter Wallraff: Black on White - A man wants to be hated. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung. October 29, 2009.
  43. ARTE panel discussion on January 25, 2011 (9:35 p.m. to 10:05 p.m.) with Günter Wallraff and Lilian Thuram, chaired by Thomas Kausch .
  44. Annabel Wahba: Everything experienced myself. An ex-employee accuses Günter Wallraff of investigating public prosecutors. What is the truth of the allegations ?, in: Die Zeit No. 34, August 16, 2012, p. 6.
  45. Investigations against Wallraff were discontinued. In: Köllner Stadt-Anzeiger. August 1, 2013. (ksta.de)
  46. Wallraff about undervover journalism: I'm not a provocateur. In: taz. January 7, 2015. (taz.de)
  47. ^ According to the Wallraff report: Burger King complains about a drop in sales. In: Spiegel-online. May 8, 2014 (spiegel.de ; accessed May 12, 2014)
  48. On the criticism of Wallraff's reports on Burger King. In: faz. May 14, 2014. (faz.net)
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