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Neues Deutschland

Neues Deutschland
The 7 January 2013, front-page of Neues Deutschland
Type Daily newspaper
Format Rhenish (Between broadsheet and Berliner)
Owner(s) Neues Deutschland Druckerei und Verlags GmbH and Left Party
Publisher Lothar Bisky
Editor Karl Maron (1946 - 1950)
Jürgen Reents
Founded 1946
Political alignment Democratic socialism, Eurocommunism, Social democracy
Language German
Headquarters Berlin, Germany
Circulation 48,811

Neues Deutschland (ND) (English: New Germany) is a national German daily

  • Official website (German)
  • Open access archive of Neues Deutschland / Berlin edition from 23 April 1946 to 3 October 1990 in the portal DDR-Presse of the Zeitungsinformationssystem (ZEFYS) of the [Berlin State Library]; access via (registration needed)

External links

  1. ^ a b Wilder, Charly (27 June 2013). "Digitizing the GDR: East German Papers Offer Glimpse of History". Der Spiegel. Retrieved 4 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Caroline Schaumann (27 August 2008). Memory Matters: Generational Responses to Germany's Nazi Past in Recent Women's Literature. Walter de Gruyter. p. 255.  
  3. ^ Lars Willnat (December 1991). "The East German press during the political transformation of East Germany" (PDF). International Communication Gazette 48. Retrieved 8 April 2015. 


In November 2006, the newspaper also started a youth insert called Sacco and Vanzetti. Beginning in March 2007, ND has successfully started publishing online.

Other traditional sections of a newspaper are also included, such as an advice page, a television guide, notifications and classifieds, opinion columns, and theme sections dealing with health, environment, and other issues. The letters to the editor are often cited as examples of viewpoints of the Left party from other media sources. As with most daily German newspapers, ND is published daily Monday through Friday, with a weekend edition published on Saturdays.

ND is still oriented towards a Authors and politicians from diverse political backgrounds have also been represented on the pages of the newspaper. For example, Friedrich Schorlemmer, a known critic of The Left party and the political left in general, has been a guest writer.


Each issue of the daily between 1945 and 1990 was digitalized by the Berlin State Library in June 2013.[1]

Jürgen Reents, who has political roots in both the Party of Democratic Socialism and the Green Party, has been the editor in chief of ND since 1999. One of his major goals has been to transform ND's image from a propaganda leaflet to a more respected newspaper. In October 2005 the editors moved from Elsenbrücke to Franz-Mehring Platz in Berlin. Three months later, Olaf Koppe took over management of the newspaper.

After reunification, ND's readership diminished greatly. In 2006, ND had a circulation of 45,247. Like most large newspapers in Germany currently, ND has a problem in that the majority of its readers are over 60 years old. ND produces both national edition and a regional edition for Berlin and Brandenburg.

Current Editor's office building in Berlin

After reunification

ND was one of the most important propaganda tools for the SED and the SED's key piece of media used to maintain their control of the state. ND had a very heavy focus on East German party and government leaders. For example, on 16 March 1987, in the edition produced for the opening of the Leipzig Fair, there were over 41 photographs of SED Secretary-General Erich Honecker. In contrast to other GDR newspapers, ND used high quality paper and printing materials and was not affected by the traditional item deficiencies common in the GDR.

Before the reunification of Germany in October 1990, ND had a circulation of a million and was second only to the youth newspaper junge Welt in readership. During this period the editor-in-chief of ND was Wolfgang Spickermann.[3]

ND was formed in 1946[2] as a Deutsche Volkszeitung. Karl Maron was the first chief editor of the daily and served in the post until 1950.[2]

East Germany


  • East Germany 1
  • After reunification 2
    • Profile 2.1
  • References 3
  • External links 4

It currently has its headquarters in Berlin and retains a socialist outlook, although having renounced its former stands. The newspaper is both politically and financially tied to the The Left (Die Linke) party, an indirect heir to the SED, which owns the publishing house and printing presses.

. Erich Honecker not only endorsed all policy decisions of the government, frequently changing its editorial position to support the new party line, but it also sought to elevate the prestige of each member of the leadership, perhaps most importantly ND More than the other newspapers in the GDR, [1]

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