Matthias Herrmann (archivist)

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Matthias Herrmann (* 13. February 1961 in Dresden , † 2. October 2007 in Pulsnitz ) was a German archivist , historian , author and since 1999 Vice President of the Oberlausitzischen Scientific Society eV


Herrmann grew up in Cunnersdorf near Kamenz . After graduating from the Lessing School in Kamenz and completing three years of military service, he studied archival science at the Humboldt University in Berlin from 1983 to 1988 . The qualified archivist then worked as a research assistant at the chair for archival science at Humboldt University with Botho Brachmann . In 1991 Herrmann was appointed head of the city ​​archives in Kamenz and in 1993 he was elected chairman of the Kamenz history association. In 1994, he put his dissertation The National Archives 1919 to 1945 before and received his doctorate in 1995 for Dr. phil. From 2006 until his death Herrmann directed the Lessing Museum in Kamenz .

Matthias Herrmann was elected to the Presidium in 1996 and three years later as Vice President of the Upper Lusatian Society of Sciences. In 1999 and 2000, Herrmann was the President's official business. Since 1998 he has been the editor in charge of the New Lusatian Magazine . On his initiative, the Hermann Knothe Prize of the Upper Lusatian Six Cities was created for young scientists, which was awarded for the first time in 2007.

Herrmann organized and led several international conferences on the history of Upper Lusatia . He promoted cooperation with Polish and Czech scientists. His particular research focus was the history of the city of Kamenz and its surroundings.

The Kamenz city archive was placed under the Lessing Museum on January 1, 2006 . Six months later, Herrmann took over the position of museum director.

Herrmann was married and had three children. He died of cancer. He found his final resting place on October 6, 2007 in the cemetery of his hometown Cunnersdorf.


  • Kamenz: Stories - Design - History. Tykve, Böblingen 1992, ISBN 3-925434-63-1
  • 650 years of the Upper Lusatia Six Cities Association. Kamenz History Association, Kamenz 1997, ISBN 3-932890-02-7
  • The Lessing city of Kamenz and its surroundings. Kamenz-Information, Kamenz 1997, ISBN 3-932890-00-0
  • Penalty case of the Upper Lusatian six cities. Kamenz History Association, Kamenz 1999, ISBN 3-932890-03-5
  • Kamenz. Sutton, Erfurt 2001, ISBN 3-89702-199-4 , 2nd edition, 2006, ISBN 978-3-89702-988-0
  • Kamenz in 1998. Excerpts from the chronicle. City archive, Kamenz 2002, ISBN 3-932890-08-6
  • Blue smoke over the Herrental. On the history of the Kamenz subcamp of the Groß-Rosen concentration camp. Kamenz History Association, Kamenz 2003, ISBN 3-932890-09-4
  • Upper Lusatia: Contributions to regional history / Scientific symposium on the 100th anniversary of Hermann Knothe's death. ed. by Matthias Herrmann and Danny Weber, Oettel, Görlitz 2004, ISBN 3-932693-94-9



  1. ^ City archivist becomes museum director. In: Lausitzer Rundschau , Hoyerswerda edition. December 20, 2005, accessed December 27, 2017 .

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