Georg Ruppelt

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Georg Ruppelt (2018)

Georg Ruppelt (born October 3, 1947 in Salzgitter ) is a German librarian .


Georg Ruppelt in his office in the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library, on the wall a poster with the Golden Letter , 2013

Georg Ruppelt attended the Kranich-Gymnasium Salzgitter . After studying history, German , pedagogy and philosophy at the Georg-August University in Göttingen and the Technical University Carolo-Wilhelmina in Braunschweig , he received his doctorate in 1978 on Friedrich Schiller in National Socialist Germany .

After that, Ruppelt first became a library trainee in Wolfenbüttel and Cologne . He then became assistant director and department head at the Hamburg State and University Library . He also lectured at the University of Hamburg . In 1987 Ruppelt became deputy director of the Herzog August Library in Wolfenbüttel, where he acted as deputy to Paul Raabe . In 2002, he became director of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library in Hanover , which he has had this name since 2005.

Since 1979 Ruppelt has been involved in national and international library and cultural policy committees. From 2000 to 2006, Ruppelt held the position of Deputy Chairman of the German Cultural Council, was an advisory board member of the Goethe Institute and a member of the German UNESCO Commission . In 2000, Ruppelt was elected the second speaker of the German Literature Conference for the first time, and was confirmed in this office in 2009.

Georg Ruppelt initiated three international congresses on the subject of Nazi-looted property in Hanover in 2002, 2005 and 2007 with the support of the Federal Government and the State of Lower Saxony .

From 1996 to 2005 he was a member of the board of the Reading Foundation , of which he was chairman from 2001 to 2005. In 2004 he founded the Academy for Reading Promotion at the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library , supported by the Reading Foundation and the State of Lower Saxony.

In 2015 he took over the office of president of the association “Friends and Sponsors Forum Agostino Steffani e. V. “in Hanover. This association has set itself the goal of supporting the Forum Agostino Steffani and "thereby promoting the public communication of the European-influenced, high-baroque court and especially the musical culture of the Guelphs in Hanover with the central figure Agostino Steffani". In October 2015 he retired as director of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library and said goodbye.


Georg Ruppelt (left) with the Theodor Fuendeling plaque and Michael Hechinger (Chairman of the Board of Directors of the German Book Trade Association , Regional Association North ) with the certificate, 2015


Georg Ruppelt published more than 400 essays and 40 monographs, not counting his journalistic and literary texts.

  • Schiller in National Socialist Germany. The attempt at synchronization . Dissertation . (= Metzler study edition ). Metzler, Stuttgart 1978, ISBN 3-476-00410-4 .
  • From the Ducal Library to the Herzog August Library. History of the Wolfenbüttel library from 1920–1949. (= Work on the history of the book industry in Germany. ) Göttinger Hochschulschriften-Verlag Bautz, Göttingen 1980, ISBN 3-88309-004-2 .
  • with Paul Raabe: Source repertory on modern German literary history . 3., completely rework. Ed. (= Metzler Collection. M 74, Dept. B, Methodology in Literature). Metzler, Stuttgart 1981, ISBN 3-476-13074-6 .
  • with Ilse Michaelis-Feigel and Werner von Schaper (on behalf of the Commission of the German Library Institute for Public Relations): Library societies and development associations. Survey results and conclusions. (= German Library Institute <Berlin, West>, DBI materials. Volume 62). Dbi, Berlin 1986, ISBN 3-87068-862-9 .
  • with Sabine Solf (Ed. on behalf of the Society of Friends of the Herzog August Library): Lexicon on the past and present of the Herzog August Library Wolfenbüttel. Paul Raabe on February 29th, 1992. (= Encyclopedias of European Libraries. Volume 1). Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 1992, ISBN 3-447-03233-2 .
  • Book people in books. From antiquarians and booksellers, publishers and bookbinders, book printers and typesetters, book molesters and book thieves, from the last author and from the future of the book (= Harrassowitz Collection ). Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden 1992, ISBN 3-447-03922-1 .
  • Old book collection and modern research center. Herzog August Library, Wolfenbüttel 1993 (?)
  • Schöningen's most famous pupil August Lafontaine and the Anna-Sophianeum (= contributions to the history of the district and the former University of Helmstedt . Issue 11). District of Helmstedt, Helmstedt 1997, ISBN 3-937733-10-8 .
  • In the reading room / small specialties series from the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library - Lower Saxony State Library (Verlag Niemeyer, Hameln)
    • “Nobody born to a woman” / of beautiful new people and clones in literature. Lecture given on August 20, 2002 in the Lower Saxony State Library, 2002, ISBN 3-8271-8801-6 .
    • On the dangers of reading. Issue 3, 2002, ISBN 3-8271-8803-2 .
    • “The art of self-shaving” / camouflage writings against the National Socialist dictatorship. Issue 5, 2002, ISBN 3-8271-8805-9 .
    • "The Great Humming God" / Stories of Thinking Machines, Computers and Artificial Intelligence . with a documentation of the exhibition by Uwe Drewen ..., Issue 7, 2003, ISBN 3-8271-8807-5 .
    • Published in Lower Saxony - book publishers introduce themselves. with an essay “The two gentlemen serve” / the publisher as a literary motif. Issue 8, published in cooperation with the Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels, Landesverband Niedersachsen eV, 2003, ISBN 3-8271-8808-3 .
    • Who wrote history and stories: Oskar Meding - Hanoverian diplomat, Prussian agent, bestselling author (1828–1903). Issue 10, 2003, ISBN 3-8271-8810-5 .
    • with Marita Simon (on behalf of the friends and sponsors of the Lower Saxony State Library): Between Harz and Helgoland / Heinrich Heine in Northern Germany. Issue 12, 2004, ISBN 3-8271-8812-1 .
    • Professor Unrat and the Feuerzangenbowle / by high school teachers in literature. Issue 15, 2004, ISBN 3-8271-8815-6 .
    • Braunschweig , my Braunschweig / literary approaches. Issue 16, ISBN 3-8271-8816-4 , 3-8271-9060-6.
    • Hitler against Tell / the “equalization and elimination” of Friedrich Schiller in National Socialist Germany. Issue 20, 2005, ISBN 3-8271-8820-2 .
    • It began in 1609 with the Aviso newspapers in Lower Saxony. Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library in cooperation with the VNZV, Association of Northwest German Newspaper Publishers eV, Issue 24, 2007, ISBN 978-3-8271-8824-3 .
    • Thomas Mann in a tea bag / the camouflage font collection of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library. Issue 26, 2007, ISBN 978-3-8271-8826-7 .
  • In the series of writings / Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library. Hameln: Niemeyer:
    • with Thomas Fuchs: Treasures, information, encounters / the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library - Lower Saxony State Library introduces itself. Volume 3, 2007, ISBN 978-3-8271-8903-5 .
    • Lower Saxony ! / of people and books between the Elbe and Ems, Harz and the North Sea. Volume 4, 2007, ISBN 978-3-8271-8904-2 .
  • with Elke Weyershausen and Wolfgang Lange: Wolfenbütteler Album 1902–2002 / The Volksbank in Wolfenbüttel in the mirror of the times. with a contribution Die Volks- und Raiffeisenbanken in the Salzgitter area by Jörg Leuschner (edited by Volksbank Wolfenbüttel-Salzgitter eG), Wolfenbüttel: Roco-Dr., 2002, ISBN 3-9808605-0-7 .
  • The clogging of the world or: how the container has changed the ports . to the "Small Exhibition" German North Sea Ports - People and Ships in the Lower Saxony State Library from July 23 to August 21, 2003
  • with Gabriele Beger (Ed.): Information Macht Bildung / Leipzig, March 23rd to 26th, 2004, also the 93rd German Librarian's Day, 55th annual conference of the German Society for Information Science and Information Practice eV (DGI). 1st edition. Wiesbaden: Dinges and Frick, 2004, ISBN 3-934997-10-4 .
  • After Martin Luther became Pope and the Allies lost World War II / literary alternatives to the best of the worlds. Accompanying volume to the exhibition of the same name in the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library, 1st edition. Hanover: Wehrhahn, 2007, ISBN 978-3-86525-096-4 .
  • Hamburg book sketches. Nordhausen: Bautz, 2007, ISBN 978-3-88309-414-4 .
  • Lower Saxony! / of people and books between the Elbe and Ems, Harz and the North Sea. Hameln: Niemeyer, 2007, ISBN 978-3-8271-9255-4 .
  • Book and library history (s). Hildesheim: Olms, 2007, ISBN 978-3-487-13429-1 .
  • as publisher on behalf of the friends and sponsors of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library eV : UNESCO World Document Heritage : the correspondence from Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz / inclusion of the correspondence from Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz in the register of the UNESCO World Document Heritage "Memory of the world" . Documentation of the festive event on July 1, 2008, Hameln: Niemeyer, 2009, ISBN 978-3-8271-8900-4 .
  • with Paul Michael Lützeler: Take and read / two essays about reading. corresponds to Take up and read ( Volkswagen Foundation ), German / English, transl. by Alexander Reynolds, Hanover: Volkswagen Foundation, 2009
  • on behalf of Volksbank Lüneburger Heide eG: Lüneburger Zeitreise / through the city ​​and region from 1859 to 2009 / with a view of 2009. Lüneburg: Volksbank Lüneburger Heide, 2009 (?), ISBN 978-3-00-027918-8 .
  • with Ulrike Annick Weber (colleague): And that you won my heart like this is only because you can write poetry like that !! / Literary life in the 19th and early 20th centuries in Lower Saxony. Jump: to cleats, ISBN 978-3-86674-092-1 .
  • Curiosa: Enlightenment and exhilaration from four centuries. in the Edition Braunschweiger Zeitungsverlag series. Volume 2, 1st edition. Essen: Klartext-Verlag, 2010, ISBN 978-3-8375-0424-8 .
  • as publisher: West-Eastern gang / memories of inter-German library contacts. with an excursus “Returns of cultural assets relocated due to the war” by Jörg Fligge, In: Zeitschrift für Bibliothekswesen und Bibliographie. Special volume 103, Frankfurt am Main: Klostermann, 2011, ISBN 978-3-465-03700-2 .


Web links

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Individual evidence

  1. Anne Weber-Ploemacher: Georg Ruppelt. In: Tigo Zeyen, Anne Weber-Ploemacher (eds.), Joachim Giesel (photos): 100 Hanoverian heads. CW Niemeyer Buchverlage, Hameln 2006, ISBN 978-3-8271-9251-6 and ISBN 3-8271-9251-X , pp. 166f.
  2. a b c d e German Cultural Council e. V .: Georg Ruppelt elected as Deputy Chairman of the German Cultural Council ( memento from July 27, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) on
  3. a b Dinges & Frick: Georg Ruppelt on
  4. Marita Simon: Kerstin Hensel and Dr. Georg Ruppelt: new spokesman for the German Literature Conference eV ( Memento from February 1, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) Press release from the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library of March 16, 2009, available as a PDF document
  5. Program for the first week of the Forum Agostino Steffani festival September 22-26, 2015, Hanover undated (2015), p. 39.
  6. ^ Farewell to Georg Ruppelt , accessed on November 29, 2015.
  7. a b Presentation of the authors by zu Klampen Verlag
  8. ^ Press release from the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library - Lower Saxony State Library from November 10, 2014, downloadable as a PDF document
  9. ^ Simon Benne: Wilhelm-Busch-Museum / Georg Ruppelt receives Theodor Fuendeling plaque . In: Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung of August 27, 2015 (also as a printed version, p. 15)