Klaus Gietinger

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Klaus Gietinger (2009)

Klaus Gietinger (born February 28, 1955 in Lindenberg im Allgäu ) is a German author , screenwriter , film director and social scientist .


Gietinger completed a degree in social science at the Georg-August-Universität Göttingen with a degree in social economics.

After high school and community service, he convinced his friends Leo Hiemer , Georg Veit and Fritz Günthner to take part in splatter versions of cinema classics (for example, 'Tarzan sees red' and 'The perjurer', who won first prize at the 1977 Festival of Young Filmmakers in Werl) . Finally, the four of them formed the Westallgäuer Filmproduktion (WAF).

A long fictional film was made about the Allgäu Peasants' War (Lond it luck <don't let loose>, 1979), which attracted thousands of spectators to multi-purpose halls and back rooms on a tour through the Allgäu, but also led to heated discussions about the effects on today's conditions.

This was followed by two radical little TV games for ZDF ( Land of Robbers and Gendarmes , 1982 and Sisters , 1983, together with Susanne Lob).

In 1984, together with Leo Hiemer, he made his most famous film, Daheim die Leut ' , which, although shot in the West Allgäu dialect, was subtitled throughout the republic and is considered a “cult film” in its home region. After 30 years (2015) and complete digitization, a very successful re-performance took place.

He directed several episodes of the Tatort television series , for which he wrote the script himself, as well as for various other films.

As a train fanatic, Gietinger has not had a car for a long time and usually takes his appointments by train. In his film Heinrich der Säger , he also viewed the renovation plans and shutdowns of Deutsche Bahn critically.

Klaus Gietinger at the memorial event for murdered Volksmarine soldiers in Französische Strasse 32 (Berlin) on March 11, 2019

He researched the background to the murder of Rosa Luxemburg . His thesis is that this political murder, like that of Karl Liebknecht , took place with the approval of Commander-in-Chief Gustav Noske ( SPD ). Gietinger relies on statements from Waldemar Pabst . In other political texts he worked on the subject of the uprising and the suppression of the Kronstadt sailors' uprising by the Russian Bolsheviks . His book Total Loss. The car hater book led to various appearances on talk shows. His book 99 Crashes tells of the accidental death of famous personalities and is a rejection of various conspiracy theories.

From 2008–2012 he worked with screenwriter and director Bernd Fischerauer . Ten historical television games were created for BR-alpha , produced by Tellux-Film Munich.

Gietinger has also directed numerous episodes of the children's series Löwenzahn (ZDF) for ten years .

2016 was the TV premiere of his long documentary about Hitler's Mein Kampf (with Douglas Wolfsperger , production Tellux / ARD-Alpha).

His film How died Benno Ohnesorg , which was broadcast in 2017, prompted the Berlin Justice Senator Dirk Behrendt to testify in the TAZ interview that the evidence contained therein is to be regarded as conclusive that the shooting of Benno Ohnesorg on June 2, 1967 was murder.

On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the murder of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht on January 15, 2019, he has revised his book A corpse in the Landwehr Canal - The murder of Rosa Luxemburg and is giving lectures throughout Germany.

Gietinger also wrote in the daily newspapers Der Westallgäuer , Frankfurter Rundschau , Junge Welt , Neues Deutschland , as well as for Lunapark 21, Welt am Sonntag and Die Zeit .


  • 1979: Lond it luck (Allgäu dialect, translated: "Don't let loose")
  • 1982: Land of Robbers and Gendarmes (also screenplay)
  • 1982: Sisters (ZDF television play)
  • 1984: The people die at home (in Westallgäu dialect) (also screenplay)
  • 1987: The time was beautiful (also script)
  • 1987: The grandchildren of Annaberg (also screenplay)
  • 1993–1995: Black intervenes (TV series)
  • 1995: The fishing war (also screenplay)
  • 1996: Singles (TV series)
  • 1997: The Rollmöpse (cartoon)
  • 1998: Tatort - Dangerous Witness (TV series) (also screenplay)
  • 1998: Tatort - Death goes roller coaster (TV series) (also screenplay)
  • 1998: SAR - Rescue Pilot (TV series)
  • 1999: Tatort - Murder on the River (TV series)
  • 2000: marry me!
  • 2000: Heinrich the Säger (also screenplay)
  • 2000: Tatort - Innocent (TV series) (also screenplay)
  • 2003: Fly Returns (TV)
  • 2004: Fly is afraid (TV)
  • 2004: Tatort - Janus (TV series)
  • 2005: Little Red Riding Hood (TV)
  • 2005: The phylloxera
  • 2007–2016: Löwenzahn , over 40 episodes
  • 2013: Eugen Bolz documentary
  • 2016: Mein Kampf - program of a mass murderer (long documentary, TV, ARD-alpha / BR)
  • 2017: How did Benno Ohnesorg die? - June 2, 1967, documentary, together with Margot Overath and Uwe Soukup, RBB.
  • 2018: Lenchen Demuth and Karl Marx, docudrama about the most famous housekeeper in the world, SR.
  • 1992: Test drive to paradise
  • 2001: marry me!
  • 2009: Hitler on trial
  • 2010: The state is there for people
  • 2010: Violent Peace I and II
  • 2010: The counter-revolution
  • 2011: The seizure of power
  • 2011: the road to power
  • 2011: Europe's last summer
  • 2012: The establishment of an empire
  • 2012: The nervous great power
  • 2016: revolutionary
  • 2016: my fight
  • 2017: How did Benno Ohnesorg die
  • 2018: Lenchen Demuth and Karl Marx

Publications (selection)


Fictional literature

Newspaper and magazine articles

  • Death has an engine. In: Die Zeit, January 13, 2003.
  • Double murder according to plan. 85 years ago Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht were murdered with the approval of the SPD leadership . In: Junge Welt, January 15, 2004.
  • Paul Wieczorek - News about the first commander of the People's Naval Division , in progress - Movement - History , Issue I / 2019, pp. 41–60.


  • Hessian film award for the screenplay for Die Rollmöpse
  • Nomination for the German Film Award / Best Feature Film 1986 for Die Leut 'at home
  • Special prize of the jury of the A-film festival in Gijón for time was beautiful (Spain 1989)
  • Environment award for mobiles without a car 1993
  • Westallgäu Culture Prize (2007 together with Leo Hiemer )
  • Environment award Karlsbad (Czech Republic) for dandelion thirsty in Bärstadt (2009)
  • Culture Prize of the City of Lindenberg / Allgäu (2013)
  • German audio film award of the jury for dandelion - money, the clever exchange (2017)
  • The film How died Benno Ohnesorg is nominated for the Grimmepreis 2018

Web links

Commons : Klaus Gietinger  - Collection of Images

Individual evidence

  1. TAZ interview, (accessed on June 21, 2017)
  2. programm.ard.de queried June 6, 2017
  3. Jens Becker: Review of Klaus Gietinger: The counterrevolutionary. Waldemar Pabst - a German career . Hamburg 2009, in: H-Soz-Kult, August 11, 2009. [1]