The historian Peter Hoeres portrays in a vivid manner, the improbable success story, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. A Book Review.
The Text is 70 years old, and give up the russkaja always a spirit of optimism. In compelling language the editorial designs in the first edition of the “Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung” (FAZ) from 1. November 1949, the objectives for the new title. “We have precise ideas of a new kind of newspaper that we want to create,” wrote founding editor Paul Sethe in it. You had to be “a voice of Germany in the world”, you would have to be the truth of the facts sacred”, she needed to let “in the my vis-à-vis is always justice”.
Many of them have reached the “FAZ”-the founder and its many successors, even if they have “a significant popularity, a broader layers” – so is the Appeal to a further request of Sethe at the time, as little managed as it is today. Why the Copyright of the first editorial explained, he wanted to ride a horse, “strongly best” that the project was “impossible,” the reader learns from the book “the newspaper for Germany. The history of the FAZ“ by Peter Hoeres.
“Their story of success was unlikely,” says the würzburg historian, because your Eeur came in late, the Claims on the German press market had long since staked out, the view shared markets. In the first year you would be gone almost in the Contest. How it still managed to become one of today’s importance, according to records Hoeres in his so just a 600-page work in which he analyses of the data also takes advantage of new historical methods such as word-.
Because the “FAZ” was linked to be issued to maintain the Closest cooperation with the political, economic, and intellectual life in the young Federal Republic, because actors from these three sectors had in the newspaper and the journalists in the world outside of the newspaper is not only to explain, but often sought to influence, this book not only to the “FAZ”, but of German history and mentality history after 1949. Your economic part takes sometimes a dogmatic Ordoliberalism, may also be related to the “FAZ” in their early days, who were fighting against the then-common practice of the state of economic Thinking in Germany – with great success. The winner, which can also be seen in the story of the ‘ 68, do often have a hard time with criticism.
“Are a homogeneous conservative newspaper”
Maybe it’s not a recipe for success of the “FAZ” that you had from the start a editor-in-chief, but in a collegial Constitution was passed. Of hard Fighting in the bodies of the newspaper, but also with their donors, to reports from the economy are Hoeres. The intellectual voltage in the newspaper that characterizes you today, may be in these conflicts created. The image of this newspaper in the left-liberal Public looks different, but for Hoeres, it was a homogeneous, conservative Newspapers are”.
Sethe, the Copyright of the first editorial, arbitration of pressure from its four co-editor wants in 1955 gives the “FAZ” and. In the process, it played a role in that By Silence had always complained about him again. Sethe explained the decision of the Chancellor for the West is wrong, and he wanted to test Stalin’s proposal for a United, neutral Germany (the”Stalin Note”) at least. The political influence of the “FAZ” is always had. He rarely, however, was so disruptive as the beginning of the nineties, as the editor, Johann Georg Reißmüller drove the Federal government alone to the recognition of Croatia and Slovenia .
A basic voltage stock most of the time between the major departments of politics, Economics and culture section – and she cared as Hoeres for “a plural image in the newspaper”. Especially to, and after, in 1968, the pieces I fierce clashes between the policy Department and left Intellectuals, who worked in the features section, or for eu wrote. No other culture in Germany was later to discuss more books per year than that of the “FAZ”. To this day it is one of the most important places for intellectual and scientific debates. The historians ‘ dispute triggered Ernst Nolte the an article (“the past that will not pass”) in the newspaper, the most important counter-positions, however, were published in the “time” .
The book provides the history of the period, as it is hardly better, and more entertaining conceivable. The Copyright seems to be insatiably curious about him in many aspects, the handling of the “FAZ”, and with rock music or Comics of interest. He manages to draw from many sources, and newspaper articles, books, personal interviews, and first out of the FAZ – Archiv, in the logs of the publisher and editorial meetings, and correspondence store wants. His findings, he arranged to lively Panorama.
Hoeres has an eye for the speaking Detail, in a few brief sketches he draws people with their weaknesses and Strengths that shaped this paper, and emboss. He has a sense of humour and sense of tragedy – both come together around a portrait of the late feuilleton heads of Frank Schirrmacher .
Anyone who is interested in the interaction of journalism and the economy, politics and culture in Germany, can learn in this book a lot. What to submit Peter Hoeres, is a factual Declaration of love to a great newspaper, which has long been a German Institution .
Peter Hoeres: the newspaper for Germany. The history of the FAZ. Benevento, Elsbethen (United Kingdom) In 2019. 596 p., for 28 €.