Lutz Mohr

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Herbert Lutz Mohr (born May 28, 1944 in Neusalza-Spremberg ) is a German historian and publicist . He lives with his family in the university and Hanseatic city of Greifswald .

Life and professional development

Lutz Mohr was raised alone by his mother Hertha Mohr , as his father Alois Mohr had died in 1945 on the Remagen bridge . From 1950 to 1960 he attended the elementary and polytechnic high school "Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi" under director Gunther Leupolt in Neusalza-Spremberg. From 1960 to 1963 he learned the trade of steel ship builder at VEB Roßlauer Schiffswerft, today Sachsenberg-Werke in Roßlau . He then attended maritime qualification courses lasting several weeks in 1963 and 1964 at what was then the GST Sea Sports School Greifswald-Wieck, which was headed by Helmut Sieger at the time . He then served from 1964 to 1967, most recently as a staff sailor with the 4th Flotilla of the People's Navy of the GDR in Warnemünde , which at the time was commanding Captain Herbert Bernig . During this time he began his research on the history of the Vikings and seafaring and published it in various newspapers, magazines and publications. Following his naval service, he went on ships of the Deutsche Seereederei Rostock (DSR), including MS Zinnowitz under Captain Hein Werner .

University degree

As a member of the FDJ (1960 until 1975) he graduated at the Youth Academy "Wilhelm Pieck" the FDJ under director Werner Haltinner on Bogensee , community Wandlitz , near Bernau bei Berlin in 1969 to 1970, a direct study of social sciences , in 1973 took place then a course lasting several months at the officers' college of the Volksmarine Karl Liebknecht in Stralsund , which at the time commanded Rear Admiral Heinz Irmscher , and the appointment as reserve officer . After that he was called up several times for reservist service in various Volksmarine units, so u. a. Marine port (TSL 18, oil port ) Greifswald- Ladebow under the command of frigate captain Walter Schmidt (1930–2017). In the following time, Lutz Mohr mastered an external study of history with Konrad Fritze at the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald , which he graduated in 1982 as a historian. His diploma thesis is entitled: On the political history of the Ernst-Moritz-Arndt University of Greifswald with special consideration of its connections to the narrower territory in the years 1949 to 1961 .

Historian, museologist, publicist

As a research assistant and later acting director of the Museum of the City of Greifswald from 1975 to 1980, he dealt with a large number of finds and documents, which captivated his interest in research into seafaring and the history of the Vikings even more. He was particularly fascinated by the issue of the controversial Yomswikings in Pomerania . As part of his museum work, Lutz Mohr founded the Neue Greifswalder Museumhefte edition, together with the art educator Alexander Schott , which grew to fourteen publications on regional history during its existence from 1976 to 1986. In addition, he published numerous articles for the GDR's naval calendar as well as for the editions Jahrbuch der Schiffahrt and Urania Universum . From 1980 he worked as a vocational school teacher and was also a class leader at the company vocational school “Dr. Salvador Allende ”of the“ Rostock Engineering, Civil Engineering and Transport Construction Combine ”(ITVK) in Greifswald.

In addition to his museum and educational activities, he was involved as a voluntary trainer for the Society for Sport and Technology , of which he was a member from 1960 to 1989. During the summer vacation from 1983 to 1987 he took part in training trips on the Baltic Sea with the sailing training ship Wilhelm Pieck , today Greif , under Captain Helmut Stolle and the motor training ship Artur Becker under Captain Herbert Breitsprecher (1938-1988) of the GST naval school “August Lütgens “ In Greifswald-Wieck to Lithuania .

Projects and club activities

As early as the early 1990s, he made a name for himself with the circumnavigator and publicist Burkhard Pieske on Viking history. In October 1993 they started the " Vineta experiment" in Koserow on the island of Usedom . Here the proof was provided that the Vikings knew how to transport their ships over land over longer distances more than 1000 years ago. At that time, Lutz Mohr became a member of several circles of friends and associations that corresponded to his interests, such as Iceland Friends Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Greifswald (1990–1993); Society of Friends of Iceland (GdFI) e. V., Hamburg under the chairmanship of Consul Oswald Dreyer-Eimbcke (1994–2006); German-Icelandic Society (DIG) e. V., Cologne (1994-2004); German-Faroese friends e. V. Düsseldorf (1990–2002) and International Stone Cross Research (ISF), Regensburg (1996–2000). Furthermore, in 2003 he was co-founder of the Association for Experiencing History of the Mare Balticum e. V. , Stralsund and acted as a mentor of the association until 2006. Since 2007, he has been a member of the association Bücherfreunde Greifswald e. V. From 1996 to 2000 he was also an honorary press officer for the Pomeranian Artists Association (PKB) e. V., headed by the Greifswald artist Helmut Maletzke (1920–2017), and received the association's certificate of honor in 1999 for his journalistic work.

From 1998 to spring 2017 Lutz Mohr worked closely with the Stralsund artist Eckhard Buchholz , inspiring and advising him on the genre of history paintings. On this basis, the large-format eight-part “ Viking Cycle”, which was shown in 2003 in the USA , and in the following years (until 2016) another fifteen historical paintings on the history of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania were created on this basis . Due to a long illness, their almost twenty years of collaboration ended in 2017. In addition, since 2008 Lutz Mohr has been involved as a corresponding member of the “Local History” interest group of Kultur- und Heimatfreunde Neusalza-Spremberg e. V. for further research into the local history of his hometown. As an author he enriches the edition " History and Stories from Neusalza-Spremberg ", which has existed since 1999, and the periodical "Oberlausitzer Familien-Kalenderbuch" published by the Oberlausitzer Verlag . In June 2015 the historian celebrated the golden wedding anniversary with his wife Gisela .

Fonts (selection)

Lutz Mohr's bibliography has so far included over 500 publications in newspapers, magazines, yearbooks, calendars and several monographs.

  • Lutz Mohr among others: Maritimes von der Waterkant. Verlag Axel Dietrich, Peenemünde 1994, ISBN 3-930066-21-1 .
  • with Anton Riesel: Poetry of the Vikings. Re-seals by Anton Riesel. Selection, remarks and comments by Lutz Mohr. Anniversary publication on the occasion of the 1000th anniversary of the introduction of Christianity in the Faroe Islands, Iceland and Greenland (999–1999). Leo-Verlag Robert Liese, Horn - Bad Meinberg 1999, ISBN 9805594-1-9 .
  • with Robert Liese: Vikings between Pomerania and the Arctic Circle. Sagas or truth. Leo-Verlag Robert Liese, Horn - Bad Meinberg 1997, ISBN 3-9805594-0-8 .
  • with Günter Krieg: Danes - Slavs - Germans in Western Pomerania and on Rügen, Part 1, G. Krieg, Doberlug-Kirchhain 2000.
  • with Günter Krieg: Danes - Slavs - Germans in Western Pomerania and on Rügen, Part 2, G. Krieg :, Doberlug-Kirchhain 2000.
  • with Günter Krieg: Danes - Slavs - Germans in Western Pomerania and on Rügen, part 3, G. Krieg, Doberlug-Kirchhain 2001.
  • with Harald Krause: The Jomsburg in Pomerania. History and technology of a lost Viking sea festival. Wessels Puppet Media, Essen 2002.
  • Hammer versus cross between Pomerania and the Arctic Circle. Four centuries of struggle between Christianity and paganism in Northern Europe (800–1200). G. Krieg, Doberlug-Kirchhain 2002.
  • On Viking traces between Piraeus, Pomerania and the Arctic Ocean. G. Krieg, Doberlug-Kirchhain 2002.
  • Kite sailing between Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Massachusetts. Early European sailors, pre-discoverers of America. G. Krieg, Doberlug-Kirchhain 2003.
  • Bibliography on the Joms Vikings and the Jomsburg in Pomerania. German-language literature. G. Krieg, Doberlug-Kirchhain Greifswald 2004.
  • From the history of the Faroe Islands. Essays by a Nordic club friend from Western Pomerania IG Krieg, Doberlug-Kirchhain 2004.
  • The Faroe Islands and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Essays by a Nordic club friend from Western Pomerania II. G. Krieg, Doberlug-Kirchhain 2004.
  • Iceland and Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. Essays by a Nordic club friend from Western Pomerania III. G. Krieg, Doberlug-Kirchhain 2005.
  • The Battle of the Raxa. Association for Experiencing History of the Mare Balticum (publisher), Stralsund 2006.
  • The saga of the Joms Vikings. Edition Pommern, Grimmen 2006, ISBN 3-939680-00-1 .
  • Eckhard Buchholz. A Pomeranian artist. Historical and modern painting. Fritzon, Greifswald 2007.
  • The Joms Vikings - Myth or Truth. Edition Pommern, Elmenhorst 2009, ISBN 978-3-939680-03-1 .
  • Neusalza-Spremberg - a small town in Upper Lusatia - highlights from history and legend. (History and stories from Neusalza-Spremberg; special edition No. 1/2012). Self-published, Neusalza-Spremberg / Greifswald 2012, OCLC 816134052 .
  • School ships under sail and motor. On the history of the GST naval school "August Lütgens" Greifswald-Wieck. Edition Pommern, Elmenhorst 2012, ISBN 978-3-939680-12-3 .
  • Dragon ships in the Pomeranian Bay. The Jomswikinger, their Jomsburg and the Gau Jom . (edition rostock maritime). Edited by Robert Rosentreter . Ingo Koch Verlag, Rostock 2013, ISBN 978-3-86436-069-5 .
  • The Hussites in Upper Lusatia with special consideration of their campaigns in the years from 1424 to 1434 . Special edition No. 2 of the series: History and stories from Neusalza-Spremberg , Greifswald a. Neusalza-Spremberg 2014.
  • Neusalza-Spremberg. A journey through time 1242 - 2017 . Author and publishing service Frank Nürnberger ( Oberlausitzer Verlag ), Spitzkunnersdorf 2017. 84 p., Numerous. Fig., Several tables, ISBN 978-3-9818434-0-8
  • Vikings in Bohemia and Upper Lusatia - a novelty in regional history . In: Oberlausitzer Familien-Kalenderbuch for the year 2019. Edited by Frank Nürnberger (Oberlausitzer Verlag), Dittelsdorf / Spitzkunnersdorf 2018, pp. 26-27, ISBN 978-3-946795-08-7
  • with Friedrich Bartels: The "Neusaltzer Kirchenreceß" of 1674 and 340 years of the "Dreifaltigkeitskirche" in Neusalza-Spremberg (1678 - 2018) , in: Oberlausitzer Familien-Kalenderbuch 2018. Ed. by Frank Nürnberger ( Oberlausitzer Verlag ), Spitzkunnersdorf 2017, p. 38-41, ISBN 978-3-941908-96-3
  • The "Schleinitzer Ländchen" between Lausitzer Bergland and Schluckenauer Zipfel - an episode in German-Czech history . In: Frank Nürnbergers Oberlausitzer Heimatkalender 2020, previously Oberlausitzer Familien-Kalenderbuch published by Oberlausitzer Verlag . Edited by Frank Nürnberger, Spitzkunnersdorf 2019, pp. 84–87, ISBN 978-3-9818434-4-6
  • HISTORY-FATE-SHAPE. In search of historical traces between Oberlausitzer Bergland and Schluckenauer Zipfel . Zittau: Oberlausitzer Verlag 2019, 236 pages, numerous. Fig., Lit., ISBN 978-3-946795-22-3


  • MM (Michael Meerkatz): The secret "skald" of the Western Pomeranian Vikings. Lutz Mohr is on the trail of the so-called Northmen in the Baltic and North Sea countries . In: Ostsee-Zeitung Rostock, Usedom-Peene-Zeitung Wolgast / Ahlbeck. Vol. 46 (1998), H. 14, p. 14.
  • Günter Krieg: Herbert Lutz Mohr: Graduate historian. Oberlausitzer & Vorpommer election. Seaman - pedagogue - historian - publicist. Annotated bibliography. Festschrift for the 65th birthday of the jubilee on May 28, 2009. G. Krieg, Doberlug-Kirchhain 2009.
  • Michael Handwerg: Fascinated by the Jomswikings. For the 65th birthday of the historian Lutz Mohr . In: The Pommersche Zeitung . Vol. 59 (2009), H. 20, p. 2.
  • Andreas Zecher: A man on the trail of the Vikings. In: Nordkurier . Volume 19, issue of August 23, 2010.
  • Günter Hensel: Friends of Culture and Home Neusalza-Spremberg e. V. / Local History Interest Group (IGO) - Lutz Mohr on his 70th birthday. In: Official journal of the administrative association for the city of Neusalza-Spremberg with the district Friedersdorf and the communities Dürrhennersdorf and Schönbach. Vol. 19 (2014), H. 6 (May 30, 2014), p. 6 f.
  • Elke Rüster: painter + historian = history painting. From an almost twenty year friendship ( Eckhard Buchholz and Lutz Mohr). In: Ostsee-Anzeiger Hanseatic City of Stralsund and the surrounding area. Vol. 11 (2016), No. 41 (October), p. 13, 1 fig.

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