Hans Bodenstedt

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Hans Bodenstedt (born October 25, 1887 in Sudenburg , † December 10, 1958 in Feldafing , Bavaria ) was a German radio pioneer. Bodenstedt worked as a program manager, author and speaker and did a lot for the development of radio reportage and radio play . Bodenstedt wrote libretti , edited operettas for radio performance, wrote fairy tale texts and was the creator of the popular children's radio character "Funkheinzelmann".


Bodenstedt was the son of Louis Bodenstedt and Wilhelmine geb. Schmidt. At the age of 18 he became an editor at the "Harzer Kurier". In 1915 he published Earl of Munchhousen's Adventures in World War I , a collection of loose war adventures of the figure of Baron Münchhausen in World War I , who appears here as an English royalist and rides a torpedo instead of a cannonball, ultimately a propaganda pamphlet to expose the “criminal” intentions the English and other nations.

Stays in Berlin and Munich followed . In 1922, at the age of 35, he became a journalist for the Hamburger Nachrichten . He was enthusiastic about the development of radio and accompanied it journalistically under the pseudonym Sindbad , which drew the attention of the chairman of the supervisory board of Nordische Rundfunk AG (NORAG) to him.

In 1924 Bodenstedt took over the management of the artistic and scientific department as well as the overall management of NORAG as director and also brought Hans Freundt there as author, director and speaker. From June 1, 1929 he was director of NORAG. After the seizure of power of the Nazis Bodenstedtstraße was released as part of the DC circuit of the German broadcasting companies on June 28 1933rd As a registered member of the NSDAP , he became director of the NS publishers “Blood and Soil”, “Zucht und Sitte” and “Ährenlese”. He also acted as editor of the magazines "Odal" and "Zucht und Sitte". Despite his party membership, he was able to work again as an employee at the children's radio of the NWDR in Hamburg after the end of the Second World War .

The Funkheinzelmann, whose author and spokesman was Hans Bodenstedt himself, is called his “favorite child”. The fairy tales of Funkheinzelmann were probably the earliest children's series on German radio, they also appeared as books (1924 and 1925) and as records. The Funkheinzelmann is one of the earliest examples of the marketing of a radio figure and an example of a well-functioning media network .

Between 1939 and 1944 he was the editor of 26 volumes of the series "Die Bücher der Ährenlese", which was published by "Verlag Blut und Boden" in Goslar. In 1946, Max Grundig called his legendary first radio (kit) Heinzelmann , and it is very likely that Funkheinzelmann could be the godfather.

Hans Bodenstedt was Alice Fliegel's second husband . For health reasons, he said goodbye to radio in 1953 and moved to Upper Bavaria, where he died at the age of 71.


  • Earl of Munchhousen's adventures in world wars. With 3 illustrations and a sketch map. Deutsche Zeitungsgesellschaft, Berlin [1915], 79 pages (on cover: Münchhausen in the World War).
  • 8 days in the Harz Mountains: the book of hikes, legends and fairy tales. Thale am Harz: Verlag of the "Harzer Kurier", approx. 1921
  • Amati fantasies. Author: Hans Bodenstedt. 20 p. Kl. 8 °. Published by Blankenburg a. H., Chr. Fr. Vieweg's Verlh. 1921.
  • Fairy tale about Funkheinzelmann by Hans Bodenstedt; Pictures by Johannes Lagerfleisch; Music by F. Uders. 158 p .: ill .; 22 cm. Hamburg: Von Danckelmann, cop. 1924.
  • Funkheinzelmann, the wanderer: New fairy tales by Hans Bodenstedt; with drawings by Hanns Gröninger, 16 sheets ill. 4 °. Berlin, Springborn-Verl. [1925] (= fairy tale from Funkheinzelmann, / Hans Bodenstedt; 2).
  • “The Lord of the Earth. Grossfunkspiel in 6 Sdgn. ”By Hans Bodenstedt; Alice Fliegel. Music by Horst Platen . Guides with texts; 40 p. With ill. 4 °. Hamburg: Rufu-Verlagsgesellschaft [Leipzig] [G. Brauns] 1926
  • The boys' golden book. Edited by Hans Bodenstedt. Associate: Count Arco; Hermann Bahr; Henry Barrelet [among others] 266 p. With 48 image pages [plate], size 8 °. Berlin, Eigenbrödler-Verlag 1928
  • Funkheinzelmann's Harz fairy tale: a book about joy and sun for young and old. Thale (Harz): Funkheinzelmann-Verl. Welchert, ca.1929
  • Chaste Benjamin . Schwank operetta (together with Max Steiner-Kaiser). Music: Leon Jessel . Premiere 1923 Hamburg
  • Orpheus in the Underworld / Orphée aux enfers : A parody based on Hector Cremieux. For d. Edit broadcast v. Hans Bodenstedt. Music v. Jacques Offenbach . 48 p .; kl. 8 °. Hamburg: Rufu-Verlagsges., 1925 (= Rufu text books, vol. 2, issue 13.)
  • Light cavalry , musical folk game in three acts, by Hans Bodenstedt. Music: Franz von Suppè ; musical new version by Horst Platen. New vision. Vocal score. 93 p. Published by Berlin, E. Bote & G. Bock [© 1952]

Sound documents (selection)

  • German May Night of the Hitler Youth and the Association of German Girls in the Hitler Youth on April 30, 1933 in the Harz Mountains (Deutscher Rundfunk April 30, 1933)
  • Homocord 4-2360 (M 19 163): Funkheinzelmann introduces himself (Bodenstedt-Platen). Funkheinzelmann Hans Bodenstedt, lecture. Musical illustration: Fritz Gartz. A 1.12.27 Youtube
  • Homocord 4-2360 (M 19 245): Funkheinzelmann at Ticketick (Bodenstedt-Platen). Funkheinzelmann Hans Bodenstedt, lecture. Musical illustration: Fritz Gartz. A 1.12.27
  • Homocord 4-2361 (M 19…): Funkheinzelmann in Glockenland. Funkheinzelmann fairy tale, told by Funkheinzelmann Hans Bodenstedt. Musical. Ill. Fritz Gartz. A… 27 Youtube
  • Homocord 4-2361 (M 19 ...): The golden trumpet. Funkheinzelmann fairy tale, told by Funkheinzelmann Hans Bodenstedt. Musical. Ill. Fritz Gartz. A ... 27
  • Homocord 4-2362 (M 19 246): When the Miss Violin is wedding. Funkheinzelmann fairy tale, told by Funkheinzelmann Hans Bodenstedt. Musical. Ill. Fritz Gartz. A 10-25-28
  • Homocord 4-2362 (M 19 310): The singing tree. Funkheinzelmann fairy tale, told by Funkheinzelmann Hans Bodenstedt, with singing by Kurt Rodeck. Musical illustration: Fritz Gartz, A 24.10.28
  • Homocord 4-2661 (M 19 982) The bird peter. Funkheinzelmann fairy tale, told by Funkheinzelmann Hans Bodenstedt. A… 28 Youtube


  • Florian Cebulla (Hrsg.): Rundfunk und Ländliche Gesellschaft 1924–1945 (= critical studies on historical science . Volume 164, series of works on religious education). Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2004, ISBN 3-525-35145-3 , pp. 146, 147, 156 and 314.
  • Robert Volz: Reich manual of the German society . The handbook of personalities in words and pictures. Volume 1: A-K. German business publisher, Berlin 1930, DNB 453960286 .
  • Michael Gunrem, Walter Roller: German National Discography. Discography of German voice recordings , volume 1. Editor: Rainer E. Lotz. Verlag B. Lotz, 1995, ISBN 3-9803461-4-5 , p. 36.
  • Horst O. Halefeldt: One station for eight countries - NORAG. Regional broadcasting in the Weimar Republic . In: Archives for Social History . Volume XXXXI (2001) ( summaries online )
  • Ulrich Heitger: From time signals to political means of leadership: Development tendencies and structures of the news programs of broadcasting in the Weimar Republic 1923-1932 . LIT Verlag, Münster 2003, ISBN 3-8258-6853-2 , p. 146, note 79; P. 237, notes 569 and 570; P. 240, note 594.
  • Wilhelm Kosch , Carl Ludwig Lang , Konrad Feilchenfeldt : German literary lexicon of the 20th century. Biographical-bibliographical manual . Volume 3. Saur, Zurich 2002, p. 206 f. Digitized
  • Artist on the radio. A pocket album from the magazine " Der deutsche Rundfunk " for the year 1931. Dedicated to our readers . Rothgießer & Diesing publishing house, Berlin 1931.
  • Kate Lacey: Feminine Frequencies.Gender, German Radio, and the Public Sphere, 1923-1945 . (Social History, Popular Culture and Politics in Germany Series). University of Michigan Press, 1996, ISBN 0-472-06616-1 , pp. 64, 77 and 291.
  • Joachim-Felix Leonhard (Ed.): Program history of radio in the Weimar Republic . Volume 1. (= dtv pocket books Scientific series; Volume 4702). Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, Munich 1997. ISBN 3-423-04702-X , pp. 77, 322 u. 508
  • Enrico Pigorsch: The Funkheinzelmann tells . In: Der Schalltrichter (Deutscher Grammophon-Club eV), 17/2002.
  • Irmela Schneider: Formations of Media Use II . Verlag transcript, 2007, ISBN 3-89942-742-4 , pp. 48, 50, 51.
  • Friederike Weimar, Dirk Hempel : "Temporary Heaven". The culture of the 1920s in Hamburg . Verlag Wachholtz, 2010, ISBN 978-3-529-02849-6 , pp. 179, 191 and 196.

Web links


Individual evidence

  1. ^ Foundation of the German Broadcasting Archive in Frankfurt am Main: Date of birth and death
  2. ^ Ancestry.com. Magdeburg, Germany, Birth Register 1874-1903 [database on-line], Registry Office Sudenburg, Register Number 740/1887
  3. Nessun SAPRA: Encyclopedia of German Science Fiction & Fantasy 1870-1918. Utopica, Oberhaid 2005, ISBN 3-938083-01-8 , p. 48.
  4. Hans Bausch (Ed.): ARD Yearbook 83. 60 Years of Radio 1923-1983 , Verlag Hans-Bredow-Institut, Hamburg 1983. ISSN  0066-5746 (p. 41)
  5. With her he wrote the big radio game "Der Herr der Erde" (The Lord of the Earth) in 1926, which was to extend over 6 broadcast evenings.
  6. ^ Joseph Wulf : Press and radio in the Third Reich . Rowohlt, Reinbek 1966, (Appendix - sound recordings) p. 282 f.