Jochen Cerny

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Jochen Cerny , also Černý or Czerny , (born January 23, 1934 in Berlin-Kreuzberg ; † May 13, 2018 ) was a German historian . Cerny was a co-founder of the historical commission of the PDS and the party Die Linke .


Cerny was the son of the communist politician and resistance fighter Franz Cerny . As a member of the Penal Division 999 , his father experienced the Second World War in Greece . A planned transfer with several comrades to the Greek partisans was betrayed and Franz Cerny, who was primarily responsible, was executed on July 19, 1943.

In 1945 Cerny lived with his mother in Prague , and both went back to Germany in 1948. A year later, at the age of 15, he joined the SED . After a study of history , he was first as a squad in the newly built Eisenhüttenkombinat East added, and later at the Institute of Social Sciences at the Central Committee of the SED . There he began to work on his dissertation on the structure of the ironworks combine. There were differences with the appraiser of his work, as a result of which Cerny was transferred back to the ironworks combine.

In 1967 he applied to the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena and received his doctorate there in 1971 with the dissertation The construction of the Eisenhüttenkombinat Ost 1950/51 as a Dr. phil. He then became an employee at the Central Institute for History at the Academy of Sciences of the GDR . After German reunification , Cerny was a founding member of the Berlin Helle Panke Association and co-founder of the Historical Commission of the PDS.

Jochen Cerny died on May 13, 2018 at the age of 84. He was the author of numerous specialist publications, including on the uprising of June 17, 1953 , the Hungarian people's uprising in 1956 and the New Economic System of Planning and Management of the 1960s, but also on the Free Republic of Schwarzenberg . Cerny was the first editor of the biographical lexicon Who was who in the GDR?

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