Karl Lennartz

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Karl Lennartz (2007)

Karl Lennartz (born March 19, 1940 in Aachen , † May 2, 2014 in Bad Oeynhausen ) was a German sports historian .


From 1960 Lennartz studied history, geography, sports, art history and education at the universities of Bonn , Göttingen , Cologne and again Bonn. In 1968 he received his doctorate in historical geography in Bonn . From 1967 to 1980 he was first assistant, then lecturer at the Pedagogical University of Rhineland in Bonn and Cologne. His habilitation in sports history took place at the German Sport University Cologne . From 1980 until his retirement in 2005, Karl Lennartz worked as a university lecturer at the German Sport University in Cologne. From 1989 to 2005 he was head of the Carl and Lieselott Diem archive there .

He was visiting professor at the University of the Peloponnese and the Beijing Sports University.


His main research interests were Olympic history, Olympic movement, Olympic ceremonies and the marathon .

Lennartz was the author of the German-language standard works on the Olympic Games from 1896 to 2012. Together with Jürgen Buschmann, he wrote a series on the history of the Olympic football tournaments.

Since the 1980s Lennartz was active in various commissions of the IOC , since 2002 he was a member of the commission for culture and Olympic education . He was a founding member of the German Pierre de Coubertin Committee and the International Society of Olympic Historians , its president from 2004 to 2012, most recently an honorary member. Since 2003 he has been co-editor of the Journal of Olympic History .

Honors and sports achievements

In 1990 Lennartz received the Federal Cross of Merit , in 2006 the Federal Cross of Merit, 1st class. In 1997 he was awarded the Olympic silver medal, and in 2013 the North Rhine-Westphalia Sports Medal.

He set his personal best in the marathon in 1985 with 2:42:20 hours, in the 100 km run his best time was 8:33:00 hours.

Family and environment

Karl Lennartz had been married since 1964, his children Birgit and Burkhard became German champions in the 100 km run .

From 1972 to 2009 he was a member of the council of his community Sankt Augustin , where he belonged to the SPD parliamentary group. In 2003/04 he was Vice Mayor. From 2004 to 2012 he was chairman of the Sankt Augustin city sports association, and later honorary chairman. Lennartz was founding chairman (2003–2013) of the German Association of Sports Museums, Sports Archives and Sports Collections (DAGS), then honorary chairman. He lived in the Schmerbroich district until his death.


  • Between Europe in the geographical conceptions and the warfare of the Romans in the time from Caesar to Marcus Aurelius. Dissertation. University of Bonn, 1968
  • Bibliography History of Physical Exercise. Wegener, Bonn
    • Volume 1: History of physical exercises in time segments. 1977
      • Book 1: Prehistory, Antiquity, Antiquity, Middle Ages
      • Issue 2: Modern Times - 16th to 19th Centuries
      • Issue 3: Modern Times - 20th Century Register
    • Volume 2: People. 1972
      • Issue 1: 1st paragraph to 365th Munich
      • Issue 2: 199. Gutsmuths to 251. Jahn
      • Issue 3: 366. Münzer to 576. Several people. register
    • Volume 3: Sports. 1974
      • Book 1: Acrobatics to Swimming
      • Issue 2: from skiing to winter sports. register
    • Volume 4: Countries and Places. 1985, ISBN 3-921285-45-3
      • Issue 1: Countries
      • Book 2: Places
    • Volume 5: Olympic Games. 1971; increased edition 1983, ISBN 3-921285-35-6
    • Volume 6: Bibliographies, Lexica, Sports Historiography. 1976
  • Knowledge and ideas of the Olympics and the Olympic Games from 393 to 1896. Hofmann, Schorndorf 1974
  • with Jürgen Buschmann: Bibliography cross-country skiing with children and young people. Wegener, Bonn 1981, ISBN 3-921285-30-5
  • History of the German Reich Committee for the Olympic Games. Wegener, Bonn
    • Germany's participation in the Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. 1981, ISBN 3-921285-25-9
    • Germany's participation in the Olympic Games in Paris in 1900 and in St Louis in 1904. 1983, ISBN 3-921285-36-4
    • Germany's participation in the Olympic Games in Athens in 1906 and in London in 1908. 1985, ISBN 3-921285-47-X
  • with Ernst van Aaken : The woman's running book. Meyer and Meyer, Aachen 1985, ISBN 3-89124-011-2
  • with Wilhelm Kleine: pulse rate 130. Cross-country skiing in school, club and leisure time. Meyer and Meyer, Aachen 1985, ISBN 3-89124-023-6
  • with Walter Teutenberg: The 1906 Olympic Games in Athens. Presentation and sources. Kasseler Sportverlag, Kassel 1992, ISBN 3-928562-10-X
  • with Walter Teutenberg: Olympic participant in Westphalia. Volume 1: Athens 1896 to Munich 1972. Agon-Verlag, Kassel 1993, ISBN 3-928562-58-4
  • with Walter Teutenberg: The German Olympic team from 1896. Kasseler Sportverlag, Kassel 1995, ISBN 3-928562-14-2
  • with Walter Teutenberg: II. Olympic Games 1900 in Paris. Agon-Sportverlag, Kassel 1995, ISBN 3-928562-20-7
  • with Wolfgang Decker & Georgios Dolianitis (eds.): 100 years of the Olympic Games. The modern Greek origin. Ergon-Verlag, Würzburg 1996, ISBN 3-928034-99-5
  • (Ed.): The Olympic Games in Athens in 1896. 2 volumes. Agon-Verlag, Kassel 1996, ISBN 3-89784-060-X (reprint of the official report with explanatory volume)
  • with Jürgen Buschmann & Hans Günter Steinkemper (eds.): Sepp Herberger and the Cologne Sports University. A documentation on the occasion of the 100th birthday of Sepp Herberger and 50 years of the Sport University Cologne. Academia Verlag , Sankt Augustin 1997, ISBN 3-89665-069-6
  • London Olympic Games 1908. Agon-Sportverlag, Kassel 1998, ISBN 3-89609-112-3
  • with Jürgen Buschmann: Olympic football tournaments. Agon-Sportverlag, Kassel
  • with Walter Borgers & Jürgen Buschmann: New Olympic start. Foundation of the National Olympic Committee, September 24, 1949 in Bonn. Carl-und-Liselott-Diem-Archiv, Cologne 1999, ISBN 3-88338-000-8
  • with Walter Borgers & Andreas Höfer: Olympic victories. Medals, diplomas, honors. Sportverlag, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-328-00865-9
  • with Thomas Schmidt (ed.): The correspondence between Carl Diem and Werner March. "Our life's work solved together". Academia-Verlag, Sankt Augustin 2002, ISBN 3-89665-215-X
  • with Walter Borgers, Jürgen Buschmann & Stephan Wassong (eds.): Temples and rings. Between university and the Olympic movement. Festschrift Dietrich R. Quanz. Carl and Liselott Diem Archive, Cologne 2002, ISBN 3-88338-004-0
  • with Ellen Bertke & Heike Kuhn (eds.): Olympically moved. Festschrift for the 60th birthday of Prof. Dr. Manfred Lammer. Institute for Sport History of the German Sport University Cologne, 2003, ISBN 3-88338-006-7
  • with Jürgen Buschmann & Hans Günter Steinkemper (eds.): Sepp Herberger and Otto Nerz. The chief thinkers and their theories. Your theses. Agon-Verlag, Kassel 2003, ISBN 3-89784-195-9
  • with Jürgen Buschmann & Stephan Wassong (eds.): Games - Games - Olympic Games. Meyer and Meyer, Aachen 2004, ISBN 3-89899-064-8
  • The games of the III. 1904 Olympics in St. Louis. Agon-Verlag, Kassel 2004, ISBN 3-89784-259-9
  • with Jürgen Buschmann, Michael Winter & Thomas Zawadzki (eds.): 40 years of the Diem archive. 1964 to 2004. Carl-und-Liselott-Diem-Archiv, Cologne 2005, ISBN 3-88338-013-X
  • 100 years of athletics in Germany. Volume 8: Marathon Run. Verlag Werbung UM Sport, Lohmar
  • with Stephan Wassong & Thomas Zawadzki (eds.): New Aspects of Sport History. The Olympic Lectures. Academia-Verlag, Sankt Augustin 2007, ISBN 978-3-89665-396-3
  • From the community to the city. The Sankt Augustin Council 1969 to 1979, Outlook. Report from a contemporary witness. Rheinlandia-Verlag, Siegburg 2008, ISBN 978-3-938535-44-8
  • Gold medal, world records and district champions - The history of sport in Sankt Augustin In: Contributions to the city's history. Volume 51.Saint Augustin 2012


  • Klaus Amrhein: Biographical manual on the history of German athletics 1898–2005. 2 volumes. Darmstadt 2005 (published by Deutsche Leichtathletik Promotion- und Projektgesellschaft )
  • Jürgen Buschmann & Stephan Wassong (eds.): Cross-country skiing through Olympic history. Festschrift Karl Lennartz. 3 volumes. Carl-und-Liselott-Diem-Archiv, Cologne 2005, ISBN 3-88338-015-6
    • Volume 1: Festschrift
    • Volume 2: Selected essays on Olympic history
    • Volume 3: Bibliography Karl Lennartz

Web links

Commons : Karl Lennartz  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Obituary by Jörg Stutzke. Website of the German Ultramarathon Association , accessed on May 4, 2014.
  2. ^ Karl Lennartz - Sankt Augustiner receives the sports badge of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. In: General-Anzeiger Bonn. January 21, 2013, accessed January 1, 2019 .
  3. Michael Lehnberg: Death of Karl Lennartz - Sankt Augustin mourns the loss of local politicians. In: General-Anzeiger Bonn. May 5, 2014, accessed January 1, 2019 .