Jörg Hildebrandt (born July 17, 1939 in Johannisburg / East Prussia) is a German publisher, anthologist and radio journalist. As a freelance author, he mainly deals with family contemporary witness documentation of German war and post-war history.
Hildebrandt comes from an East Prussian pastor's family; his father Helmut Hildebrandt worked from 1932 to 1939 as a pastor at the Adlig Kessel church near Johannisburg. Jörg Hildebrandt spent his early childhood in Königsberg , where his father worked at the Ponarther Church from 1939 .  In 1945 the Hildebrandts fled via the Fresh Lagoon and the Baltic Sea to the island of Rügen. In 1950 the family moved to East Berlin, at the interface of the Cold War on Bernauer Strasse ; his father was there until the construction of the wall in 1961 pastor at the reconciliation church that was blown up by the GDR border troops in 1985.
education and profession
In 1959 Hildebrandt graduated from the Diesterweg Oberschule in West Berlin and began studying journalism and history at the Free University of Berlin with an internship in 1961 at Sender Freies Berlin . After the wall was built, he was forced to move out of the border area; he began a journalistic activity for the East Berlin church press. In 1963 he was drafted into the National People's Army , but refused to serve for political reasons. From November 1964 to October 1966 he did alternative military service in the first year of the newly ordered construction soldiers units and was imprisoned for six months for refusing to give orders (prison in Rostock and in the Ueckermünde correctional facility , Berndshof camp).  As of December 1966, he worked as a lecturer in the Evangelical Publishing House East Berlin (EVA) ,  from 1987 to 1990 as deputy chief editor.
During the fall of the Berlin Wall , Hildebrandt took over the function of a representative in the GDR Radio Council for the newly founded Social Democratic Party of the GDR (SDP), and in 1990/91 he was the deputy director of the GDR radio and the Berlin broadcasting company . In 1991 he was resigned without notice by the Federal Government's Broadcasting Commissioner, Rudolf Mühlfenzl , after a long dispute over procedural issues relating to the federalization and democratization of the former GDR radio.   He was then co-founder of the Ostdeutscher Rundfunk Brandenburg (ORB).   From 1992 to 1994 Hildebrandt stepped as wellChristoph Singelnstein as the first commentators of the new federal states in the ARD-Tagesthemen .   From 1997 to 2003 Hildebrandt took on the role of deputy editor-in-chief of the joint ORB / SFB program “ Radio Kultur ” and from 2001 to 2003 of the editor-in-chief of the Potsdam classic culture program “ Radio 3 ”  (ORB / NDR).
Hildebrandt was married to Regine Hildebrandt , Brandenburg's Minister of Labor and Social Affairs from 1990 to 1999 , from 1966 until her death in 2001. In 1950, both of them met in their parish, lived as neighbors friends until 1961 on the still permeable sector border and experienced them first hand harassed everyday life. The shared experience of the division of Berlin brought them together humanly and ideologically.   With Hildebrandt's brother Herbert Hildebrandt they founded the Berliner Domkantorei in October 1961 , to which they belonged for decades and whose choral activities and social relationships played a decisive role in their lives. There were three children from their marriage: Frauke (* 1969), Jan (* 1971) and Elske (* 1974, SPD member of the Brandenburg State Parliament). Hildebrandt has been retired since 2004. Today he lives in a multigenerational house on Woltersdorfer Flakensee near Berlin .
- A long time ago. Christmas stories from Europe, Africa, America. Evangelical Publishing House, Berlin 1968.
- The homecoming of the prodigal son. Stories from France. Evangelical Publishing House, Berlin 1970.
- The shine of the moon is different. Christian stories from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Berlin 1971.
- Christmas talk. Variations on an old theme. Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Berlin 1973.
- Beyond all dikes, beyond all dreams ... stories from the Netherlands . Edited with Cornelis Ouboter. Evangelical Publishing House, Berlin 1979.
- At the world's winter time. Christmas in European countries. Features, pictures, stories and songs. Evangelical Publishing House, Berlin 1980.
- I'll be back at dawn. Stories from Switzerland. Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Berlin 1984. ISBN 3-374-00564-0 .
- Taizé - ways of reconciliation. Presence of a community. Edited with Christine Müller. Evangelical Publishing House, Berlin 1984.
- The sky leans towards the earth. Christmas stories for us. Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Berlin 1985.
- Conversation with Hope. Stories from Italy. Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Berlin 1987. ISBN 3-374-00155-6 .
- Taizé - A life together. Brother Roger in letters and diaries. Edited with Christine Müller. ISBN 3-374-00128-9 .
- Under the cloudy sky. Stories from Czechoslovakia. Edited with Zdeněk Svoboda. Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Berlin 1989. ISBN 3-374-00795-3 .
- Our faith interferes ... Evangelical Church in the GDR 1989. Reports, questions, clarifications. Edited with Gerhard Thomas. Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Berlin 1990. ISBN 3-374-01172-1 .
- The stars drew with golden splendor. Christmas German-speaking narrator of the 19th century. Stories and verses. Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Berlin 1990. ISBN 3-374-00997-2 .
- Authorized to build bridges. Heinrich Grüber - friend of the Jews and rubble prostitute. Memories, sermons, reports, letters. Evangelische Verlagsanstalt, Leipzig 1991. ISBN 3-374-01079-2 .
- Regine Hildebrandt - Remembering is good. A family album. Construction Verlag, Berlin 2008. ISBN 978-3-351-02666-0 .
- Conversations among Germans. Opinions divided by the reunion. Edited with Frauke Hildebrandt. Verbum Verlag, Berlin 2011. ISBN 978-3-928918-45-9 .
- Hans Huchzermeyer , contributions to the life and work of the church musician Ernst Maschke (1867-1940) and the history of the church music institutes in Königsberg / Prussia (1824-1945) , Paderborn: Univ.-Diss., 2012, p. 101.
- Christian Halbrock : "Blown away." The Church of Reconciliation in the death strip of the Berlin Wall 1961–1985. In: Listen and Look. Journal for the critical processing of the SED dictatorship. July 2008, 17th year, special issue.
- Bernd Eisenfeld , Peter Schicketanz : Construction soldiers in the GDR. The “bringing together of hostile-negative forces” in the NVA. Christoph Links Verlag, Berlin 2011, pp. 81/82, 123. ISBN 978-3-86153-637-6
- Gorch Pieken , Matthias Rogg (ed.): The Military History Museum of the Bundeswehr. Exhibition guide. Sandstein Verlag, Dresden 2011, p. 175. ISBN 978-3-942422-66-6
- Dieter Mehlhardt: "What remains of the angel's message ..." In conversation with Christian authors: Jörg Hildebrandt. In: Potsdam Church. No. 51-52 / 1981 of December 27, 1981, pp. 9/10
- Otto Köhler: How Rudolf Mühlfenzl fired the Vice-Artistic Director Jörg Hildebrandt from the broadcasting house in East Berlin. In: The time. May 31, 1991
- Rainer Frenkel: Democracy by service instructions. The regiment of the CSU man Rudolf Mühlfenzl on the Funkhaus Berlin or: How German citizens from the West deal with German citizens from the East. In: The time. No. 24/1991 of June 7, 1991, p. 44
- Jörg Hildebrandt: The big leap did not succeed. Nevertheless, the Funkhaus Berlin developed new forces after the fall of the Wall. In: Der Tagesspiegel. December 31, 1991, p. 23
- Jörg Hildebrandt: A lesson in democracy. From the dismantling and rebuilding of the East German broadcasters. In: The liquidation of the GDR. Edited by Heinz Ludwig Arnold and Frauke Meyer-Gosau. Göttingen 1992, pp. 64-70
- Martin S. Lambeck: CDU outraged by ARD commentary by Hildebrandt husband. In the world. No. 18-3 / 1994 of 22./23. January 1994, pp. 1/2
- Stefan Berg: Kinship at ARD. The CDU general secretary tamed a commentator. In: German General Sunday Gazette. November 11, 1994
- Jobst Plog (Ed.): ARD yearbook 03. 35th year, Hans-Bredow-Institut, Hamburg 2003, p. 256. ISBN 3-8329-0295-3
- Regine Hildebrandt: What I think. Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag, Munich 1994. ISBN 3-442-12557-X
- Jörg Hildebrandt: It remains a miracle - even twenty years later. In: Petra Heß, Christoph Kloft (ed.): The fall of the wall. November 9, 1989. 20 years later. Rhein-Mosel-Verlag, Zell / Mosel 2009, pp. 73–78. ISBN 978-3-89801-045-0
- 50 years of the Berlin Cathedral Choir. Festschrift. Self-published, Berlin 2011
|SHORT DESCRIPTION||German editor, anthologist and radio journalist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||July 17, 1939|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Johannisburg , East Prussia|