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Wolfgang Quantity with his wife Marlies Quantity in Berlin in 2010

Wolfgang Quantity (born April 10, 1924 in Berlin ; † October 17, 2012 there ) was a German screenwriter and journalist .


The son of a student councilor grew up in Hamburg . His Jewish mother survived the Nazi dictatorship ; all of their relatives were murdered in the Holocaust . During the Second World War , Quantity passed the Abitur and was then drafted into the Wehrmacht .

In 1949 the Hamburger Abendblatt hired Quantity as its first reporter . In the 1950s he went to East Asia as a foreign reporter . Quantity was the first German reporter in Tokyo after the war and the first German journalist to travel from Beijing to Moscow on the Trans-Siberian Railway .

After his return to Germany, Maß began writing screenplays. Some of his successes became television history. He continued this activity until his death. In addition, from the 1970s he was also active in the moderation of television programs in front of the camera, for example from 1974 to 1982 in the Bremen talk show 3 nach 9 .

Wolfgang Quantity was married to the journalist Marlies Quantity and lived in Berlin-Zehlendorf and Braderup on the island of Sylt . The couple had three sons, including the journalist Jakob Quantity.

The crowd was buried in the Berlin forest cemetery in Zehlendorf .


Almost all of the scripts for the legendary television crime series Stahlnetz (1958–1968), directed by Jürgen Roland and many of which became street sweepers , came from his pen. His greatest success was the satirical family series Ein Herz und ein Seele (1973–1976) with Heinz Schubert , who wrote German television history as "Disgust" Alfred Tetzlaff . The series was based on the BBC format Till Death Us Do Part by British screenwriter Johnny Speight .

  • In 1966 he wrote the screenplay for the reasons for a judgment that thematized the problems of the division of Germany, and received the Jakob Kaiser Prize for this (see in this context the Fritz Hanke case ).
  • In 1969 the satire film The Dubrow Crisis was released , in which a GDR town fictitiously joins the Federal Republic of Germany. Many of the problems that actually occurred during reunification were anticipated here.
  • From 1970 he developed for the crime scene -Fernsehreihe the ARD the figure of customs Fahnders Kressin and wrote several screenplays.
  • His ghostly and visionary television game Das Millionenspiel from 1970 described a sensation-hungry quota hunt and anticipated the invention of so-called reality TV . In the television game, which is based on a short story by Robert Sheckley , a candidate (played by Jörg Pleva in the main role ) exposes himself to the pursuit of a killer squad for a week in order to win one million Deutschmarks.
  • In 1973, long before environmental issues became a hot public issue, his fictional documentary thriller Smog caused a sensation.
  • With Grüß Gott, I'm from over there , he took up the German-German subject again and described the attempt to set up an East German-run company in West Germany.
  • In 1987 he wrote the screenplay for Reichsauptstadt - private , directed by Horst Königstein . The two-part series was broadcast on ARD on the occasion of Berlin's 750th anniversary .
  • 1991 Screenplay for the end of innocence (director: Frank Beyer ) about German nuclear physicists.
  • In the television series Motzki (1993, with Jürgen Holtz in the leading role), crowd commented on German reunification ; a new edition of the disgusting Alfred concept, which met with criticism in East Germany and which failed to achieve a similar success as that of the disgusting Alfred series.
  • In 1998, Lied zum Sonntag , a multi-part short series in which musical themes and statements were related to one another, was launched.


Because of his familiarity with Chinese cuisine , he wrote a corresponding cookbook.

  • Wolfgang Quantity: Very simple - Chinese. Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag, Reinbek 1968.
  • Wolfgang Quantity: The sold seller - the manipulation of the consumer society. Fritz Molden publishing house, Vienna / Munich / Zurich 1971.

TV presenter

From 1974 to 1982 Quantity was one of the moderators of the talk show 3 nach 9 ( Radio Bremen ) and he also moderated (together with Gisela Marx , Henryk M. Broder , Elke Heidenreich , Helga Lensch) the talk show People from the Berlin Café Kranzler . Legendary is the appearance of Wolfgang Neuss in 1983, when he the then governing mayor of Berlin , Richard von Weizsacker , in the show people drove blithely through the mouth and addressed him with the nickname "Richie". He was a member of the PEN Center Germany .

Restaurant critic

While his co-presenter at “3 nach 9” Gert von Paczensky wrote about top gastronomy at the time, crowd took care of normal restaurants. His bow was stretched widely, e.g. For example, from an Abruzzo restaurant with a multi-course menu in Berlin to a traditional German restaurant on the Baltic Sea (“the best fried potatoes in Germany”).


Audio books

  • The big disgusting Alfred box: The best of "One heart and one soul". Spoken by Heinz Schubert, Hildegard Krekel, Diether Krebs, Der Audio Verlag (DAV), Berlin, 2009, ISBN 978-3-89813-839-0 (radio play, 6 CDs, 453 min.)
  • One heart and one soul: spring cleaning. Self service. Spoken by Heinz Schubert, Hildegard Krekel, Diether Krebs, Der Audio Verlag (DAV), Berlin, 2008, ISBN 978-3-89813-732-4 (radio play, 1 CD, 80 min.)
  • One heart and one soul: the stove is out. Rose Monday procession. Spoken by Heinz Schubert, Hildegard Krekel, Diether Krebs, Der Audio Verlag (DAV), Berlin, 2008, ISBN 978-3-89813-731-7 (radio play, 1 CD, 80 min.)
  • One heart and one soul: vacation preparations. A serious illness. Spoken by Heinz Schubert, Hildegard Krekel, Diether Krebs, Der Audio Verlag (DAV), Berlin, 2007, ISBN 978-3-89813-678-5 (radio play, 1 CD, 68 min.)
  • One heart and one soul: selling a house. Silver wedding. Spoken by Heinz Schubert, Hildegard Krekel, Diether Krebs, Der Audio Verlag (DAV), Berlin, 2007, ISBN 978-3-89813-628-0 (radio play, 1 CD, 74 min.)
  • Steel net - season. Spoken by Grit Boettcher, Richard Lauffen, Der Audio Verlag (DAV), Berlin, 2007, ISBN 978-3-89813-573-3 (radio play, 1 CD, 74 min.)


Star by Wolfgang Quantity on the Boulevard der Stars in Berlin
Wolfgang Menges gravestone in the forest cemetery in Zehlendorf


Web links

Commons : Wolfgang Menge  - Collection of images, videos and audio files


Individual evidence

  1. The man who brought reality to television. Spiegel Online , October 18, 2012.
  2. DIE WELT introduces itself. Today: Jacob crowd. In: The world online. March 8, 2000, accessed October 22, 2012 .
  3. knerger.de: The grave of Wolfgang Quantity
  4. deutsches-filmhaus.de on Wolfgang Menge as a two-time winner