Schleswig-Holstein People's Newspaper

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Schleswig-Holsteinische Volks-Zeitung

language German
Headquarters Kiel
First edition 1877
attitude December 31, 1968
Sold edition 24,000 (1920) copies

The Schleswig-Holsteinische Volks-Zeitung (original title and spelling: Schleswig-Holsteinische Volks-Zeitung - organ for the working people ) was a social-democratically oriented daily newspaper of the state capital Kiel in Schleswig-Holstein from 1877 to 1968.

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The Volks-Zeitung was founded in Kiel in 1877 and banned the following year due to the socialist laws. It appeared again from 1893. In 1920 it had a circulation of around 24,000 copies and described itself as the "leading political paper in the province of Schleswig-Holstein".

In 1932 the Schleswig-Holsteinische Volkszeitung brought a trial against Adolf Hitler and the NSDAP , which it lost. In an article on March 18, 1932, the newspaper had accused the future Chancellor of preparing a civil war. The well-known Kiel Jewish lawyer and SPD city councilor Wilhelm Spiegel represented the newspaper and was murdered on March 12, 1933. During the trial that Adolf Hitler had personally initiated, he obtained a summons from the SA politician Ernst Röhm . On February 15, 1933, the President of the Province of Schleswig-Holstein banned the publication of the newspaper until March 1, 1933. The Reichsgericht Leipzig upheld the complaint made by the newspaper . After the single Monday edition on February 27, 1933, the newspaper was banned indefinitely.

Subscription receipt from October 1946: The subscriber is obliged to give the newspapers to other residents to read.

After the end of the war in 1945, as a party-bound newspaper, it received a license from the British occupying power earlier than other regional newspapers. The personal license holder was the social democrat and future publishing director Karl Ratz . From then on, the newspaper, which appeared again for the first time on April 3, 1946, had the line in the title: "Published under license number 24 of the military government". The editor-in-chief was initially taken over by the Hamburg publisher Ernst Tessloff . From 1946 to 1954 Karl Rickers worked as a local editor, then worked as its editor-in-chief until VZ was closed.

The Schleswig-Holsteinische Volkszeitung was primarily read by social democratic households and was briefly called VZ (vauzett) by its readers. The newspaper was closed on December 31, 1968 for economic reasons.

Since 1968 the newspaper title Kieler Nachrichten has been the sole daily newspaper produced in Kiel.

Known employees

  • Eduard Adler was editor and chief editor from 1900 to 1918.
  • Jörg Beckmann
  • Wilhelm Brecour worked for the newspaper from 1893 to 1931, mostly as an editor.
  • Andreas Gayk worked as an editor from 1926.
  • Hans Ralfs worked from March 1919 to December 1921 as a freelance feature section employee.
  • Karl Rickers was an employee from 1926 and editor-in-chief from 1954.
  • Jochen Steffen


The Schleswig-Holstein State Library in Kiel archived the volumes from 1903 to 1968.

Follow-up attempts

A less successful follow-up sheet called " Nordwoche " existed from 1969 to 1971. Bernd Plagemann (1939–2003) worked as a theater and film critic here. From 1980 to 1988 part of the readership was tied to the Kieler Rundschau .


  • Regine Bigga, Uwe Danker: The Schleswig-Holsteinische Volkszeitung 1892 to 1968. Facets from their history. In: Democratic History Volume 3, pp. 427-436. ( Online ; PDF; 1.6 MB), contains the illustration of the order of February 15, 1933.
  • Karl Rickers: The new people's newspaper from 1946-50. In: Working Group Democratic History (ed.): We are the building people. Kiel 1945 to 1950 . Neuer Malik Verlag, Kiel 1985, ISBN 3-89029-950-4 , pp. 135-165
  • Karl Rickers: Memories of a journalist from Kiel 1920-1970. Karl Wachholtz Verlag, Neumünster 1992, ISBN 3-529-02723-5 .
  • Karl Rickers: The repression came in small steps . In: Christa Geckeler (Ed.): Memories of Kiel between the world wars 1918/1939 . Husum Verlag, Husum 2007 (vol. 58 of the Ges. Für Kieler Stadtgeschichte), ISBN 978-3-89876-342-4 .
  • Hans Wind: Thoughts on the Volks-Zeitung . In: Working Group Democratic History (ed.): We are the building people. Kiel 1945 to 1950 . Neuer Malik Verlag, Kiel 1985, ISBN 3-89029-950-4 , pp. 129-133

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