Status: 01.08.2022 4:12 p.m.
The history of the magazine “Stern” becomes the subject of research: Munich historians are investigating in particular the years 1948 to 1983 and a possible Nazi involvement of the founder of “Stern” Nannen.
Historians should examine the history of “Stern” magazine for links to the Nazi era. The Bertelsmann media group has commissioned the Munich Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ) with the independent investigation, as the parent company of the “Stern” announced.
In particular, the way in which “Stern” founder and long-time editor and publisher Henri Nannen (1913-1996) dealt with National Socialism became a research topic for the IfZ. According to Bertelsmann, the focus is on open exchange and transparency.
Bertelsmann’s board of directors launched the research contract in close cooperation with participating subsidiaries and institutions, the company told Gütersloh. These included the management of RTL Germany, under whose umbrella the “Stern” has been based since a corporate restructuring, the editor-in-chief of “Stern” and the school of journalism Henri Nannen.
In May, a contribution of the “STRG_F” search format from NDR kicked off the debate with details about Nannen’s World War II past. The Nannen Prize for outstanding journalism was later awarded once as the “Stern Prize”. The removal of the name from the magazine imprint and the renaming of the Henri Nannen School are discussed in more detail.
The years 1948 to 1983 in brief
The historical analysis should cover the years from the founding of the “Stern” in 1948 until Nannen’s departure in 1983. The focus is on the question of “political, personal and content-related interdependencies and connections to the era of National Socialism,” he said.
Project planned for several years
On the basis of existing research, further analyzes should be carried out, for example on subjects, texts and imagery of the “Stern”. The extensive image archive, which was handed over to the Bavarian State Library in 2018, should be included.
The aim is to create a factual basis for public debate on Nannen’s possible involvement with the Nazis, to supplement existing research and to expand the current state of knowledge about the history of German journalism after 1945. project is designed to last several years. A scientific conference is also planned, during which an initial inventory could be drawn up.