Helmut Lötzke

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Helmut Lötzke (born August 29, 1920 in Königsberg , East Prussia , † December 23, 1984 in Potsdam ) was a German archivist , historian and university lecturer.


Lötzke came from East Prussia. After attending school in Tapiau, Insterburg and Friedland / East Prussia, he went to the college for teacher training in Elbing and Gdansk in 1938 . 1940 Lötzke successfully passed the state examination for elementary school teachers in Danzig. Subsequently, he was drafted into military service as a soldier. In the German Wehrmacht he was promoted to lieutenant in a grenadier regiment. As such, he suffered a serious wound in 1943. In the hospital he began studying history, German and pedagogy at the University of Königsberg, which he continued at the University of Greifswald . On 10 March 1951 he received his doctorate at the city's Faculty of Arts to Dr. phil. The topic of his dissertation is: The Burgraves of Magdeburg from the Querfurt house . In the meantime he had joined the SED.

Immediately after completing his doctorate, he was appointed to the archive department in the Ministry of the Interior of the GDR in 1951. From October 1951 to September 1953 he took part in training as a scientific archivist at the Institute for Archival Studies in Potsdam. As early as March 1952, Helmut Lötzke was put in charge of the German Central Archives, later renamed the Central State Archives of the GDR in Potsdam . He held this position until shortly before his death on the eve of Christmas Eve 1984.

Shortly after taking up his post as director of the German Central Archives, he also became director of the Institute for Archival Studies at the Ministry of the Interior. This existed until 1971 and was then assigned to the history section of the Humboldt University of Berlin as the archival science area. There, archivists were trained as a five-year direct course. Helmut Lötzke taught there in various functions from 1959 and at the age of 60 was appointed honorary professor for archival science at the history section of the Humboldt University in Berlin . There he worked closely with Botho Brachmann .

From 1953 to 1956 he led the establishment of the technical college for archives in Potsdam, where he also taught until 1959.

Lötzke was u. a. Member of the German-Czechoslovak Historical Commission and member of the history section of the German Academy of Sciences (later renamed the Academy of Sciences of the GDR).

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Reference to his personal files in the German Digital Library
  2. Federal Archives: Lötzke, Helmut. Retrieved July 25, 2020 .