Volker Kluge

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Volker Kluge (2018)

Volker Kluge (born October 14, 1944 in Altenburg ) is a German sports journalist and former sports official in the GDR .


Volker Kluge studied journalism and was head of the sports section of the FDJ - central organ Junge Welt for thirteen years . In 1970 he joined the SED . From 1971 to 1989 he organized the polls for the GDR athlete election of the year . From 1984 to 1990 Kluge was a member of the federal board of the GDR sports organization DTSB , from 1982 to 1990 press officer of the NOK of the GDR and member of the presidium of the NOK. From 1990 to 1993 he was a personal member of the German NOK . Volker Kluge has been a freelance writer since 1994.

In 1995 it became known that Kluge worked from 1980 to 1989 as an unofficial employee with the code name "Frank" for the GDR State Security and, among other things, spied on the figure skater Katarina Witt . On the 40th anniversary of the GDR in 1989, he was awarded the “ Bronze Medal of Merit of the National People's Army ”.

Cleverly compiled biographies for the online database Who was who in the GDR? the federal foundation to come to terms with the SED dictatorship to sports officials, doctors, coaches and athletes. The biographies created by Kluge partially suppressed the doping and Stasi past of the people he describes. The former shot putter and victim of state-prescribed doping in GDR competitive sport, Andreas Krieger , then described Kluge as a falsifier of history .

Kluge has been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Olympic History , published by the International Society of Olympic Historians and funded by the International Olympic Committee , since 2016 .

Fonts (selection)

  • (as editor) The Olympic Games from 1896–1976. Sportverlag, Berlin (GDR), 1977.
  • The Olympic Games 1984 , Sportverlag, Berlin (GDR) 1986, ISBN 3-328-00111-5 .
  • Olympic Winter Games - Die Chronik , Sportverlag, Berlin 1994.
  • Summer Olympic Games - The Chronicle . Four volumes. Sportverlag, Berlin 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002.
  • Miles away to Marathon , Sportverlag, Berlin (GDR) 1987, co-author: Waldemar Cierpinski , ISBN 3-328-00182-4 .
  • The great lexicon of GDR athletes. The 1000 most successful and popular athletes from the GDR, their successes and biographies. Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-89602-348-9 .
  • Otto the Strange Parthas, Berlin 2000, ISBN 3-932529-74-X .
  • The sports book GDR , Eulenspiegel, Berlin 2004, ISBN 3-359-01495-2 .
  • Max Schmeling. A biography in 15 rounds , structure, Berlin 2004, ISBN 3-351-02570-X .
  • Lexicon athletes in the GDR . New life, Berlin 2009, ISBN 978-3-355-01759-6 .


Web links

Commons : Volker Kluge  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. SED membership see Olaf W. Reimann:  Kluge, Volker . In: Who was who in the GDR? 5th edition. Volume 1. Ch. Links, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-86153-561-4 .
  2. Klaus Brinkbäumer, Udo Ludwig, Georg Mascolo, Thomas Purschke: The source is reliable . In: Der Spiegel . No. 46 , 1999 ( online ).
  3. Thomas Purschke: State embellished biographies. In: www.fr.de. Frankfurter Rundschau , April 15, 2013, accessed on August 25, 2017 .
  4. Thomas Purschke: Stasi-IM forges GDR sports biographies for lexicon. In: www.welt.de. Die Welt , April 16, 2013, accessed August 25, 2017 .