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Takis Würger (2019)

Takis Würger (born June 10, 1985 in Hohenhameln ) is a German journalist and author .


Takis Würger grew up as the son of the Neue Presse newspaper editor Karl-Richard Würger and with his mother and two siblings in Wennigsen am Deister . After graduating from high school, he worked as a volunteer in a development aid project in Peru . He volunteered at the Münchner Abendzeitung and attended the Henri Nannen School . He then went to the news magazine Der Spiegel as an editor , where he works in the Society department. 2014 he studied for a year at St. John's College of Cambridge University Human, Social and Political Science.

Würger reported for Spiegel from Afghanistan , Libya , Mexico and Ukraine, among others . He has won several journalism prizes, including the German Reporter Prize , the Hansel Mieth Prize together with the photographer Armin Smailovic, the CNN Journalist Award , the Journalist Prize of the Christian Media Academy and the European Journalism Prize Writing for CEE .

In 2010, Würger was named one of the “Top 30 journalists under 30” by Medium Magazin . In 2017, he received the Lit.Cologne 's debutant prize with the Silver Pig Prize for his novel Der Club , which was also nominated for the aspekte literature prize in 2017 and was one of the five most popular novels by independent German booksellers in 2017. The reading of the novel was awarded the German Audiobook Prize in 2018 in the “Best Entertainment” category.

Takis Würger lives in Berlin .


Würger's first novel became a bestseller. His second novel Stella (2019), which is dedicated to his great-grandfather, who was murdered in a gas chamber as part of the Nazi murders (so-called euthanasia murders, Action T4) , sparked a heated feuilleton debate and divided literary criticism. After the work about the Jewish Gestapo collaborator Stella Goldschlag was published, negative reviews appeared in the Süddeutsche Zeitung , the FAZ and in Die Zeit , while other critics praised the novel and the NDR named Stella Book of the Month. The critic Philipp Peyman Engel praised the work in the Jüdischen Allgemeine as "quiet, credible and yes, also relentless".


  • Ed .: Knockout: Life is a struggle. The 20 best stories of boxing. With photographs by Devin Yalkin. Ankerherz Verlag, Hollenstedt 2015, ISBN 978-3-940138-94-1 .
  • Make it clear to the journalism school: Insiders reveal their tips for applications. CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2015, ISBN 978-1519470751 .
  • The club. Novel. Verlag Kein & Aber, Zurich 2017, ISBN 978-3-0369-5753-1 .
  • Stella . Novel. Hanser Verlag, Munich 2019, ISBN 978-3-44625993-5 .

Web links

Individual evidence

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  2. The booksellers ' favorite novels , boersenblatt.net, September 27, 2017, accessed on September 27, 2017
  3. Winner of the German Audiobook Prize 2018 , DHP homepage, March 7, 2018
  4. Takis Würger on hanser-literaturverlage.de, accessed on January 16, 2019.
  5. ^ Adrian Prechtel: Takis Würger on "Stella": "Only the readers can give an answer". Evening newspaper , January 18, 2019, accessed on February 5, 2019.
  6. Lothar Müller: An author has to face the ghosts he calls . 19th January 2019.
  7. Jan Wiele: "Stella" by Takis Würger: Tell me, are you crying, or is that the rain? .
  8. Jan Süselbeck: "Stella": Guilty, everyone in his own way . January 12, 2019.
  9. Review - "Stella" tells of a treacherous Jewess. In: general-anzeiger-bonn.de. General-Anzeiger Bonn, 2019, accessed on June 17, 2019 .
  10. Hannah Lühmann: “Stella” debate: Is it really so entertaining? In: Welt Online. 2019, accessed June 17, 2019 .
  11. ^ NDR: controversial: "Stella" - art or kitsch? In: ndr.de. Retrieved June 17, 2019 .
  12. Philipp Peyman Engel: "An important debate". In: Jüdische Allgemeine. January 16, 2019, accessed February 23, 2019 .
  13. “Stella” publisher: “That may and must literature” . NDR.de. January 14, 2019, accessed January 16, 2019.
  14. Katharina Schmitz: Takis Würger and Marketing. In: Friday , January 17, 2019, p. 17.