Lutz Lehmann (journalist)

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Lutz Lehmann

Lutz Lehmann (born February 5, 1927 in Stettin ; † January 2, 2019 ) was a German author and journalist who reported with Fritz Pleitgen as an ARD television correspondent from East Berlin and Moscow .


Lehmann attended elementary school and the Askanische Oberschule in Berlin . After graduating from high school in 1944, he was drafted into the Reich Labor Service and paratroopers. After his release from British captivity and an agricultural apprenticeship in Schleswig-Holstein, he came back to Berlin in 1947. There he was initially an editorial volunteer, later an editor at Telegraf , then until 1951 editor at the newspaper Der Abend .

Lutz Lehmann then worked as a freelance journalist, primarily for radio and television, first from 1959 to 1965 for the Berliner Abendschau , then for the NDR political magazine Panorama and for Die Zeit und pardon . For his documentaries on June 17th and August 13th , he was awarded the Jakob Kaiser Prize of the then Federal Ministry for Internal German Relations in 1973 . In 1973 he was awarded the German Social Prize for his documentary reporting on the situation of the so-called Contergankinder .

From 1977 on, Lutz Lehmann reported from East Berlin, and later from the ARD studio in Moscow until he retired in 1987. His successor there was Gabriele Krone-Schmalz . Lehmann stayed in Moscow until 1992 and continued to work as a freelance journalist.

In 2005 Lutz Lehmann obtained a declaration of cease and desist against the NDR because he felt that he was misrepresented in a study about the influence of the MfS on Western journalists.



  • Alexander Neubacher: journalists. Enemy object NDR. Spiegel dated October 31, 2005.

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  1. ↑ Obituary notice. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung . January 5, 2019, accessed January 6, 2019 .
  2. Rumor mill. Who will succeed Lothar Loewe in East Berlin? In: The time . February 4, 1977. Retrieved January 8, 2019 .
  3. Andreas Förster: Poison spider in the north . The NDR withdraws a study on the influence of the Stasi on the station after protests. In: Berliner Zeitung , November 10, 2005.