Martin Doerry

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Martin Doerry (2008)

Martin Doerry (born June 21, 1955 in Uelzen-Veerßen ) is a German journalist and book author. From 1988 to 2014 he was deputy editor-in-chief of the German news magazine Der Spiegel .


Martin Doerry is the son of Jürgen Doerry, who was a federal judge in Karlsruhe until retirement , and Ilse Doerry, the daughter of Lilli Jahn .

After graduating from high school, Doerry studied German and history at the University of Tübingen . He received a scholarship from the DAAD at the University of Zurich . Following the first state examination , he received a doctoral scholarship from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation and completed his doctorate in modern history in 1985 .

Doerry then worked for two years in the SDR studio in Karlsruhe . He has been employed by the news magazine Der Spiegel since 1987 . At first he was an editor in the field of education policy before he took over the management of the feature pages together with Mathias Schreiber in October 1991 . From 1996 he and Gerhard Spörl acted as department heads for German politics . From August 1998 to June 2014 he was deputy editor-in-chief of Spiegel , and since then Doerry has worked as a writer for Spiegel .

Together with his colleague Markus Verbeet, he established the title How good is your general education? a paperback series, the first volume of which was published in 2010. The Spiegel knowledge test includes individual titles on the subjects of politics and society, history, religion, culture, football; In 2018 it was published under the title Who loved Goethe's Faust? the knowledge test literature. The total circulation of the series is more than one million copies.

Martin Doerry recognized the historical importance of the correspondence between his grandmother, the Jewish doctor Lilli Jahn , and their children. She was deported to Auschwitz in 1944 and murdered there. The letters come mainly from the time when Lilli Jahn was interned in the Breitenau labor education camp near Kassel and her five children were almost on their own. In 2002, Doerry published a selection of the 250 letters that were found in the estate of his uncle and former Federal Minister of Justice, Gerhard Jahn , under the title "My wounded heart" - the life of Lilli Jahn as a book. The weekly newspaper Die Zeit places this book in a row with the diary of Anne Frank and the notes of Victor Klemperer ; The writer Martin Walser highlighted the historical rank of the documentation in a review: "I've never said of a book that it belongs in school, here I have to say that." The book has been translated into 19 languages.

In 2006 the illustrated book “Nirgendwo und allem zu Haus” - Conversations with Holocaust survivors - was published . Monika Zucht contributed all of the photo portraits. The 24 respondents include the writers Aharon Appelfeld, Edgar Hilsenrath, Ruth Klüger, Arno Lustiger and Imre Kertész. In his introduction, Doerry writes: “The shadow slowly descends on the memory. The last survivors of the Holocaust and the expulsion of European Jewry will soon be silent. ”In 2015, the volume “ Mich never left Auschwitz ” , edited by Doerry and his colleague Susanne Beyer, followed . Survivors of the concentration camp report a collection of 20 memory logs from former Auschwitz prisoners, compiled by Spiegel editors in Europe, Israel and the USA.

In October 2018, Doerry revealed in Spiegel magazine under the title Der gefühlte Jude that the then chairman of the Pinneberg Jewish community, Wolfgang Seibert, had acquired a Jewish identity but was in fact a Protestant. In May 2019 he also revealed in Der Spiegel that blogger and historian Marie Sophie Hingst had invented large parts of her biography on her blog; Contrary to what she described, Hingst was not a descendant of Holocaust victims. After Hingst's suicide, Doerry was accused of being too reckless with the emotionally unstable author. Among his defenders was Carolin Emcke , winner of the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, who declared in the Süddeutsche Zeitung : "I too would have written about the deceptions because we owe it to the relatives of the victims of the Shoah."


  • Transitional people. The mentality of the Wilhelminers and the crisis of the empire . 2 volumes, Juventa Verlag, Weinheim / Munich 1986. Volume 1: ISBN 3-7799-0800-X and Volume 2: ISBN 3-7799-0801-8 .
  • My wounded heart The life of Lilli Jahn . Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, Stuttgart / Munich 2002. ISBN 3-421-05634-X .
  • At home nowhere and everywhere. Conversations with survivors of the Holocaust . Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, Munich 2006, ISBN 3-421-04207-1 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Martin Doerry: My Wounded Heart. The life of Lilli Jahn. Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, Stuttgart / Munich 2002, ISBN 3-421-05634-X , p. 322 ff .
  2. Martin Walser: To write for life. The letters from Lilli Jahn and her children. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung, August 8, 2002, p. 14
  3. Martin Doerry: "At home nowhere and everywhere". Conversations with survivors of the Holocaust . Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt, Munich 2006, ISBN 978-3-421-04207-1 , pp. 6 .
  4. Martin Doerry: Blogger Marie Sophie Hingst: The historian who invented 22 Holocaust victims. Spiegel Online, May 31, 2019, accessed August 5, 2019. 'Literature, Not Journalism'. The Historian Who Invented 22 Holocaust Victims. (Spiegel article in English)
  5. Derek Scally: The life and tragic death of Trinity graduate and writer Sophie Hingst. Irish Times, accessed July 28, 2019.
  6. Carolin Emcke: Light and Dark. The death of the exposed blogger Marie Sophie Hingst concerns all journalists - and challenges them. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung, August 2, 2019, p. 5