Olaf Kappelt

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Olaf Kappelt (born March 28, 1953 in Altdöbern ) is a German publicist , historian and city ​​guide in Berlin . He is politically committed to the AfD and is the office manager of the Bundestag member Jörn König .


Kappelt studied social affairs at the Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences and was involved in the European youth movement. There he advocated overcoming the division in Germany. In 1977 he was the initiator of the Brüsewitz Center to promote the civil rights movement in the GDR . After the publication of the GDR Brown Book in 1983, he was persecuted by a special unit of the Ministry for State Security (Stasi).

From 1977 to 1982 Kappelt was the head of an extracurricular youth and adult education center in Bad Oeynhausen , then the local manager on the North Sea. In 1986 he moved to Würzburg , where he studied church history , constitutional law and sociology and received his doctorate in 1997 with a thesis on denazification in the Soviet Zone and the influence of former National Socialists in the GDR.

In the 1990s, Kappelt lived in Rothenburg ob der Tauber , where he ran a medieval restaurant and temporarily ran the traditional “Hotel Bären” as an “erotic hotel” until it had to file for bankruptcy in 2000. At that time, he contested a change to the development plan for Rothenburg's old town before the Higher Administrative Court in Munich .

Olaf Kappelt is politically committed to the AfD , in which he holds various offices. In 2019 he was chairman of the AfD parliamentary group in the Oberspreewald-Lausitz district council for a few months before he had to resign because of false information. Kappelt is also a member of the Association of German Writers (VS) and was on the board of VS Berlin from 2014 to 2017. Kappelt's AfD membership caused Astrid Vehstedt , the chairwoman of VS Berlin, to resign in February 2017. She accused Kappelt of trying to infiltrate the founding of the Friedrich Bödecker Circle in Berlin together with other AfD sympathizers.

Kappelt was also a founding member of the group of authors of the historical novel Quo Vadis . He has been a member of the PEN Center Germany since May 2015 and was a member of the ver.di Federal Commission of Self-Employed Persons (BKS) between May 2015 and February 2018. In 2015, the University of Potsdam appointed him a lecturer for “Power and Literature”.


  • Braunbuch DDR - Nazis in the GDR. 1st edition 1981; 2nd expanded and completely revised new edition with a foreword by Günter Schabowski . Berlin-historica Verlag, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-939929-12-3 .
  • Hungarian tragedy '56. Universitas, Munich 1986.
  • Denazification in the Soviet Zone and the role and influence of former National Socialists in the GDR as a sociological phenomenon. Kovač, Hamburg 1997.
  • The bear at Rothenburg ob der Tauber. One of the oldest inns in Germany. Homilius, Berlin 2000 (also in Japanese translation).
  • Walk with Frederick the Great. BHV Berlin historica, October 2006, new edition February 2008, ISBN 978-3-939929-10-9 .
  • Friedrich the Great: My Cooking and Kitchen Secrets. 1st edition 2006, 2nd edition 2009, Berlin-historica Verlag, ISBN 978-3-939929-13-0 .
  • When Neuchâtel and Valangin were still with Prussia, 300 years ago: The history of the Swiss principality, rediscovered and retold by the old Fritz. With caricatures by Alois Kuhn , BHV Berlin historica, December 2007 (2nd edition February 2008), ISBN 978-3-939929-08-6 .
  • Berlin calendar of Frederick the Great. Trilogy Kalendarium Fridericianum Volume 1. Berlin-historica Verlag, Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-939929-15-4 .
  • Potsdam calendar of Frederick the Great. Trilogy Kalendarium Fridericianum Volume 2. Berlin-historica Verlag, Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-939929-16-1 .
  • Travel calendar of Frederick the Great. Trilogy Kalendarium Fridericianum Volume 3. Berlin-historica Verlag, Berlin 2011, ISBN 978-3-939929-17-8 .
  • Russian for Lovers - German for Lovers: A Guide to Flirting Between Russians and Germans. By Olaf Kappelt (author), Alois Kuhn (illustrator), Ekaterina Galeeva (translator). BHV Berlin historica, Berlin 2016, ISBN 978-3-939929-18-5 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Barbara Schaefer: Friedrich II. City Tour in Berlin: Dr. phil. Old Fritz. In: Spiegel Online , January 24, 2012, accessed October 5, 2013.
  2. ^ A b Ulrich Wangemann: Wrong place of residence: AfD man loses in court. In: Märkische Allgemeine. August 2, 2019, accessed October 10, 2019 .
  3. Rudi Schweikert (editor): PEN Author Lexicon 2015/2016. Tübingen 2015, p. 166f.
  4. Sven Felix Kellerhoff, Uwe Müller: Two Nazi hunters with different directions. In: The world. March 14, 2012, accessed October 10, 2019 .
  5. Olaf Kappelt: Denazification in the Soviet Zone and the role and influence of former National Socialists in the GDR as a sociological phenomenon . Series of publications on contemporary history, vol. 13. Kovač, Hamburg 1997, ISBN 978-3-86064-614-4 .
  6. a b diba: From Rothenburg Bear Innkeeper to Berliner Alten Fritz. In: Nordbayern.de. May 11, 2012, accessed October 10, 2019 .
  7. a b Cornelius Oettle: "No coincidence, but strategy". In: The daily newspaper. March 14, 2017, accessed October 10, 2019 .
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  10. https://selbststaendige.verdi.de/++file++5cf7b665e999fb11c1904f26/download/Geschaeftsbericht_2015_2019.pdf
  11. https://www.uni-potsdam.de/lv/index.php?idl=1799
  12. https://puls.uni-potsdam.de/qisserver/rds;jsessionid=8BCE176840B5CDA1311F29A2E90D6898.node11?state=verpublish&status=init&vmfile=no&moduleCall=webInfo&publishConfFile=webInfo&publishConfFile=webInfo&publishConfFile=webInfo9Subid&person=personal=webInfo9Subid&person =