Jürgen Petschull

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2010 in Frankfurt am Main

Jürgen Petschull (born August 15, 1942 in Berlin ) is a German journalist and writer.


Petschull volunteered at the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung (WAZ) in Duisburg and worked as an editor and reporter for the Neue Rhein / Ruhr Zeitung (NRZ) in Essen before moving to Stern magazine in Hamburg. As a reporter and author, he wrote widely acclaimed German and international reports and series and made a name for himself as a “specialist in dramatic stories”. Petschull was also chief reporter for Geo and editor for special tasks at the publishing house Gruner + Jahr .

Today Jürgen Petschull writes contemporary non-fiction books and novels that are mostly based on true events. Petschull's books have been translated into several languages. The author lives with his wife Cornelia in Bremen and in his house on the Oste.

Works (selection)



  • With the wind to the west. The adventurous escape from Germany to Germany. Goldmann, Munich 1980, ISBN 3-442-11501-9 .
  • The wall. August 1961 – November 1989. The beginning and the end of a German building. 2nd updated edition. Gruner and Jahr, Hamburg 1989, ISBN 3-570-02534-9 .
  • The madness of the empire. The history of the German colonies. Manfred Pawlak Verlag, Herrsching 1990. (with Thomas Höpker ) ISBN 3-881-99315-0 .


Individual evidence

  1. Martina Goy: specialist in dramatic stories. In: Welt am Sonntag . September 6, 2009.

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