Thuringian national newspaper

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Thuringian national newspaper
Thuringian State Newspaper Logo 10.2019.svg
description German daily newspaper
publishing company Thüringische Landeszeitung Verlag OHG
First edition September 24, 1945
Frequency of publication working days
Editor-in-chief Nils Kawig
Web link
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The Thüringische Landeszeitung (short: TLZ ) is the only daily newspaper from the GDR era with full editorial staff in the new federal states that did not emerge from an SED organ. The Weimar-based newspaper is part of the Thuringia newspaper group (ZGT), which belongs to the Funke media group , formerly WAZ media group , and which also includes the Thuringian General Erfurt and the East Thuringian newspaper Gera. It has an estimated circulation of around 41,000 copies.


The newspaper was founded in September 1945 with the permission of SMAD Weimar by the LDPD politician Hermann Becker , who was its most prominent publisher. The first issue appeared on September 24, 1945 in Weimar with the headline Reconstruction through democracy - on the way to freedom . The title line was designed by the Erfurt commercial artist Walter Wenger . The TLZ then appeared in the entire state of Thuringia as a newspaper of the LDPD, but in only five editions from September to October. From December 12, 1945, approval from SMAD for three issues per week could be obtained. The newspaper had a circulation of 50,000 copies, which, however, was reduced to 17,000 by the SMAD in May 1946. Local editions were also banned before the local and regional elections that were due at the time. The TLZ continued to receive only a fraction of the allotment of paper and printing capacity that the SED newspapers received. It was not until May 1951 that the TLZ could appear five times a week. It essentially retained its area of ​​distribution after the regional reform and the formation of the districts in the GDR in 1952.

The newspaper initially appeared in the traditional Weimar publisher Panse, which was still called that by the Soviet occupation authorities even after the expropriation. The Allgemeine Thüringische Landeszeitung Deutschland was published in this until 1943 . The name of the TLZ, supported by several traditional newspaper publishers, made reference to this older newspaper. It was founded in 1849 under the programmatic name Die Revolution , was called from the second half of 1849 Germany , 1911–1920 Weimar State Newspaper Germany , 1921–1943 (after the merger of Sachsen-Weimar-Eisenach in the new state of Thuringia ) General Thuringian State Newspaper Germany .

On July 18, 1948, the publisher and LDPD member of the state parliament, Hermann Becker, placed a party congress speech by Jena philosophy professor Hans Leisegang on the freedom of science on the TLZ front page . Also in connection with this, Becker was arrested by the NKVD and spent seven years in prison and in forced labor in Vorkuta .

The first editor-in-chief was Hans Klein , who was succeeded on July 16, 1947 by Erich Gaenschalz . This was removed from office by the SMAD in December 1948. From December 19, 1948, Willy Klotz was editor-in-chief, from February 2, 1949, Heinz Kostka .

From the summer of 1949, the TLZ is said to have hardly differed from the SED newspaper Das Volk in the way it reported . As the regional newspaper of the Liberal Democratic Party of Germany (LDPD), the TLZ was subject to censorship during the Soviet Zone and in the GDR, like all other media . In addition, as the LDPD party newspaper, but also because of the shortage of paper in the GDR, the newspaper had to continue to live with circulation restrictions. The paper quota was allocated by the district leadership of the SED until 1989. A new TLZ subscription was usually only given after the death of a previous subscriber.

Right from the start, the TLZ particularly addressed the educated middle class. The weekend supplement “Treffpunkt” was considered a cult in Thuringia's newspaper landscape. It was laid out on both sides with a break, and culturally interested Thuringians often had it in bound form in the "wall unit" next to the classics. The cultural and political supplement appears every Saturday in the TLZ, now under the title “Journal”.

After the political change , the newspaper became independent in 1990. The Thüringer Neuesten Nachrichten , the regional newspaper of the block party NDPD and the Thüringer Tageblatt ( GDR CDU ) were taken over in 1990. At the same time, the TLZ was taken over by the WAZ media group together with the Thüringer Allgemeine and the Ostthüringer Zeitung , which were combined in the Thuringia newspaper group. In 1991 it merged with the Thuringian Daily Post (Nachwendezeitung). The two editors -in- chief Hans-Dieter Woithon (from 1965 to 1992 editor-in-chief of the Thüringische Landeszeitung) and Hans Hoffmeister (since 1991 editor-in-chief of the daily mail) remained equal until Woithon's retirement. Hans Hoffmeister came from the Bielefelder Westfalen-Blatt , where the Thuringian Daily Mail was editorially produced and also printed for a while after the fall of the Wall. Since 1993 Hoffmeister was the sole editor-in-chief. In 1996 the TLZ also took over the Thuringian offshoot of the daily newspaper Hessisch Niedersächsische Allgemeine (HNA), which appeared in West Thuringia as Mitteldeutsche Allgemeine with the regional editions of the Eisenacher Presse and the Eichsfelder Tageblatt .

On March 1st, 1994 the TLZ presented itself with a new layout, in July 2000 the online platform was launched. The TLZ brought on the initiative of the chief editor Hans Hoffmeister now a 15-volume edition about villas in Thuringia out what Hoffmeister from the German National Committee for preservation of the monument Price received the 2,001th Hoffmeister was also the initiator of the Freundeskreis Weimar European Capital of Culture 1999. Also unique in Thuringia are the caricatures in the newspaper, which have been made by the famous caricaturist Nel ( Ioan Cozacu ) since 1992 .

To date, the TLZ has nine regional editions, but not in every district of Thuringia. The main editorial office is based in Weimar . There are also local editorial offices in Weimar, Eisenach , Erfurt , Gera , Gotha , Heilbad Heiligenstadt , Jena and Mühlhausen / Bad Langensalza . Since 2010, the TLZ has been cooperating with the other newspapers Thüringer Allgemeine (TA) and Ostthüringer Zeitung (OTZ) of the Mediengruppe Thüringen (MGT), formerly the Thuringia newspaper group (ZGT), which in turn belongs to the Funke media group . The internet offers of the three newspapers are congruent and a growing number of articles are also being exchanged in the print editions.

Bernd Hilder was editor-in-chief of TLZ from September 2013 to January 2016, and Nils Kawig was his successor in January 2016.


  • Hans Hoffmeister: How it all began. Thuringian regional newspaper 1945/46 . Edited in cooperation with the State Center for Political Education. Rene Burkhard Verlag, Erfurt 2006, ISBN 3-937981-22-5 .

Web links

Commons : Thüringische Landeszeitung  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  2. Hans Hoffmeister, Franz-Josef Schlichting, In: Hans Hoffmeister: How everything began . Rene Burkhard Verlag, Erfurt 2006, p. 6.
  3. Note on the homepage, accessed on September 16, 2016
  4. Jürgen Louis: The early years of the TLZ as reflected in its history . In Hans Hoffmeister: How it all began . Rene Burkhard Verlag, Erfurt 2006, p. 196.
  5. Opportunities not always used. In: Stefan Matysiak: Between Formation of Tradition and Rejection of Tradition. On the construction mechanisms of newspaper tradition by the publishers. In: Yearbook for Communication History . Vol. 7/2005, pp. 122-146.
  6. ^ Archive portal Thuringia, newspapers; alphabetically sorted entry "Germany"
  7. Jürgen Louis: The early years of the TLZ as reflected in its history . In: Hans Hoffmeister How it all began . Rene Burkhard Verlag, Erfurt 2006, p. 201.
  8. Rita Specht: The long fight for the TLZ subscription . Thuringian newspaper, December 19, 2009.
  9. Lynn Woithon-Ciarfaglia (granddaughter of Hans-Dieter Woithon)