Klaus Farin

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Klaus Farin (2017)

Klaus Farin (* 1958 in Gelsenkirchen - Buer ) is a German activist , writer , publicist and publisher .


Klaus Farin published his first magazine in his Gelsenkirchen high school at the age of 15 . He published his first book at the age of 20, and Günter Wallraff wrote the foreword . In 1980, Farin moved to Berlin mainly because of the lively youth scene . In 1981 he was accepted into the Association of German Writers (VS) on the recommendation of Chairman Bernt Engelmann .

In 1997 Farin founded the Archive of Youth Cultures as an association with journalists and scientists Joachim Kersten , Gabriele Rohmann , Ansgar Klein and Eberhard Seidel , which has set itself the task of collecting and evaluating testimonies from and about youth cultures and making them accessible to the public again. Until 2011 he was the honorary director and chairman of the board of the association.

In 2003, the Archive of Youth Cultures began to publish its research results, but also the testimonies of young people, a publishing house of the same name, which Klaus Farin also runs as a voluntary managing director to this day. In 2016 the publisher was renamed Hirnkost Verlag. It is owned by association members, authors of the publishing house and the Respekt! Foundation. This was also created in 2011 from the archive of youth cultures. Its board consists of former board members of the Archive of Youth Cultures eV, the chairman is Klaus Farin.

Farin is a member of the board of the Aktion Courage eV association, the sponsor of Schools without Racism - Schools with Courage , of which his friend and co-author Eberhard Seidel is the managing director.

Farin has been working as a freelance political educator since the 1980s and regularly goes on lecture tours in German-speaking countries. He has lived in Berlin-Neukölln since 1980 .


Farin mainly deals with youthful subcultures in his works .

Together with Eberhard Seidel-Pielen , Farin wrote the volume War in the Cities in 1991 , which, due to its novel approach of allowing young people to have their own say, became “a standard work of modern youth social research”. This work resulted in a longer occupation with the topic of right-wing radical youth / neo-Nazis and skinheads , which was followed by numerous publications on other youth cultures.

A study published by Farin on December 1, 2005, with the thesis “the right-wing scene in the East is out”, led to widespread criticism, also from his colleagues in the archive of youth cultures .

In 2011, Farin caused a sensation as chairman of the Archive of Youth Cultures when he had a research project of the archive on "The Autonomous", from which the book of the same name emerged in 2015, funded from the left-wing extremism fund of the Federal Ministry for Family, Seniors, Women and Youth Public delivery of the approval notification to the Office for the Protection of the Constitution.

His book Frei.Wild: South Tyrol's conservative anti-fascists about the controversial band Frei.Wild , published in catalog form with many pictures, met with criticism. As the anti-fascist journalist Andreas Speit reports in the TAZ, the controversial book was advertised by School without Racism - School with Courage , which Farin is part of. SOR is managed by Farin's friend and co-author Eberhard Seidel as managing director. Several daily newspapers then gave Farin the opportunity to take a stand in detailed interviews. Farin proceeded with the book similar to his bestseller about the band Böhse Onkelz by interviewing a total of 4,206 fans.

To date, Farin has published 30 books with a total print run of over 300,000 copies. In addition to his focus on youth cultures and migration / flight, his work also includes literary biographies on Karl May and Hans Fallada . Excerpts from his publications appeared in over 60 school books. He was a collaborator and editor of several magazines, made films and produced radio plays and features

In 2010 Klaus Farin was awarded the Culture Prize of the Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft for the archive of youth cultures. On January 15, 2019, he received the Federal Cross of Merit (officially: "Cross of Merit on Ribbon") from the Federal President for his "services to child and youth culture in German-speaking countries".



  • Die Wende - Jugend (rororo aktuell), with Leo A. Müller , Rowohlt Verlag , Reinbek near Hamburg, October 1987
  • proEmotion - Women in the Rock Business - Encounters - Conversations - Reports , with Anke Kuckuck, Rowohlt Verlag, 1987,
  • War in the cities: youth gangs in Germany , 228 pages, with Eberhard Seidel, Rotbuch Verlag Berlin, 1991, ISBN 3-88022-044-1 .
  • Right shift: Racism in the new Germany , 160 pages, with Eberhard Seidel, Rotbuch Verlag Berlin, 1992, ISBN 3-88022-065-4
  • Nothing works without violence! Youth and Violence in Germany. , 304 pages, with Eberhard Seidel, Bund-Verlag , Cologne 1993, ISBN 3-7663-2430-6 .
  • Hans Fallada "Some are, they are not lucky" , 160 pages, Verlag Thomas Tilsner, Bad Tölz, 1993
  • Skinheads 245 pages, with Eberhard Seidel, Verlag CH Beck , Munich, ISBN 3-406-47583-3 , 1993
  • The agitators. , with Eberhard Seidel, Rotbuch Verlag Berlin, 1994, ISBN 3-88022-343-2 .
  • The third half. Football fans and hooligans , 142 pages, with Harald Hauswald (photographer), BasisDruck GmbH, Berlin, June 1996
  • The skins. Myth and Reality. Christoph Links Verlag , Berlin, 1997
  • Youth cultures between commerce and politics , 142 pages, with Frank Hofmann , Rüdiger Rossig , Boris Geilert (photographer), formerly archive of youth cultures publishing house KG, now Hirnkost KG, January 1, 1998
  • Youth cultures in Thuringia , 102 pages, with Ingo Weidenkaff and Roland Koletzki (cover design), formerly archive of Jugendkulturen Verlag KG, now Hirnkost KG, January 1, 1999
  • Rock von Rechts II. Milieus, backgrounds and materials , 226 pages, with Dieter Baacke and Jürgen Lauffer, Society for Media Education and Communication Culture , Bielefeld 1999, ISBN 3-929685-20-5
  • The goths. White as snow, red as blood and black as ebony , with Kirsten Wallraff, interviews, photographs, Thomas Tilsner Verlag, Bad Tölz, 2001, ISBN 3-933773-09-1
  • generation-kick.de - Youth subcultures today (Beck'sche Reihe, Volume 1407), 235 pages, CHBeck Verlag, 2001
  • Reactionary rebels. Right-wing extremist music in Germany , 250 pages, Verlag Thomas Tilsner, Bad Tölz, 2001, ISBN 3-936068-04-6
  • Artificial Tribes. Young people's tribal cultures in Germany , 240 pages, with Hendrik Neubauer 2001,
  • Freaks for Jesus. The slightly different Christians , with Conny Agel and Anna Busch, SPEED Comics publishing house, 2005
  • On Youth and Other Diseases: Essays and Speeches 1994–2008 130 pages, April 15, 2008
  • Karl May - A pop star from Saxony 164 pages, formerly archive of Jugendkulturen Verlag KG, now Hirnkost KG, January 18, 2012
  • Book of memories: The fans of Böhsen Onkelz , 250 pages, formerly archive of Jugendkulturen Verlag KG, now Hirnkost KG, June 4, 2014
  • Die Autonomen February 16, 2015, 386 pages Verlag Hirnkost KG
  • Frei.Wild: South Tyrol's conservative anti-fascists , 400 pages, formerly archive of Jugendkulturen Verlag KG, now Hirnkost KG, April 27, 2015
  • German rock. 30 questions, 55 bands , 240 pages, Edition Hirnkost, December 2015
  • Our answer. The AfD and us. Writers and right-wing populism , 168 pages, together with Zoë Beck, Nina George, Sophie Sumburane, Michael Wildenhain and others. a., brain food, May 2018
  • Escape from Syria - New Home Germany ?, Ed. Together with Rafik Schami, 391 pages, Hirnkost, July 2018

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. biography | Klaus Farin. Accessed January 7, 2019 (German).
  2. In the service of youth culture , boersenblatt.net, published and accessed on January 16, 2019.
  3. According to Klaus Farina website a quote from Ralph Giordano
  4. ^ Neo-Nazis in, neo-Nazi researchers out by Daniel Schulz, TAZ December 21, 2005
  5. New study: Right-wing scene also in the east out press release, Berlin, December 1st, 2005
  6. New study of young people: Right-wing scene in the east, nevertheless still high xenophobia Deutschlandfunk Kultur December 1, 2005
  7. »You have to strengthen the competition of the neo-Nazis, the other side«. Retrieved January 7, 2019 .
  8. The state, the autonomous and the archivist of youth hairstyles | Klaus Farin. Accessed January 7, 2019 (German).
  9. ^ Acquittal for Frei.Wild , By Nico Werner, Störungsmelder June 24, 2015
  10. Dispute over book about Frei.Wild Rechts? Not right? Right? The author Klaus Farin has written a book about the controversial band. School without racism promoted it. That's why there is now a dispute. Andreas Speit , TAZ July 15, 2015
  11. Michael Pilz: Interview: Are Frei.Wild nicer than the Böhse Onkelz? In: THE WORLD . June 13, 2015 ( welt.de [accessed January 7, 2019]).
  12. Are Frei.Wild racist? - The New South Tyrolean Daily Newspaper. Retrieved January 7, 2019 .
  13. Klaus Walter: The edelweiss washer . In: Jacob Augstein (ed.): The Friday . No. 30 . Berlin July 23, 2015, p. 2 .
  14. biography | Klaus Farin. Accessed January 7, 2019 (German).
  15. Culture award for exemplary youth research. Retrieved January 15, 2019 .
  16. Hirnkost KG. Retrieved January 15, 2019 (German).
  17. Archived copy ( Memento of the original from July 27, 2016 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / www.idaev.de
  18. http://www.ikonenmagazin.de/rezension/sunnybastards.htm