Jürgen Leinemann - Jürgen Leinemann

Jürgen Leinemann (born May 10, 1937 in Celle ; † November 9, 2013 in Berlin ) was a German journalist, political correspondent and book author.


Leinemann grew up in Burgdorf (Lower Saxony), attended grammar school Lehrte [1] and then studied history , German and philosophy in Marburg and Göttingen . He began his journalistic career as a trainee and editor at dpa , for which he was in Berlin , Hamburg and Washington . From 1971 he worked for the magazine Der Spiegel ; [2] He was a reporter and office manager in Washington andBonn , moved to Berlin in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall and headed the German Politics department there until 2001. He had been a member of the PEN Center Germany since 1997 . Since 2002 he has been a Spiegel author in the Berlin office.


In the seventies he had to fight against alcohol problems and depressive moods as a result of rivalry and pressure to succeed; In 1974 he suffered “a physical and mental breakdown; Therapy in a psychosomatic clinic brought the turning point. A turning point that Leinemann himself described as the beginning of a new life ”. [3]

Leinemann has published numerous articles and a number of books in which he mainly deals with German politics, but also with football. He was known for his portraits of politicians. [4] [5] His book Höhenrausch deals with the loss of reality of politicians and journalists. Together with Michael Wech , he delivered the film portrait “ Gerhard Schröder - Chancellor Years” for ARD , which was broadcast to accompany the former chancellor's book.

Shortly after retiring, Leinemann contracted a tumor of the base of the tongue in spring 2007. [6] He died at the age of 76 on November 9, 2013 in Berlin. [7] His grave is in the Grunewald cemetery .

Honors (selection)

Fonts (selection)

Radio play & radio

  • 1999: On the brink - original sounds at the turn of 1989/90 (moderation: Monika Künzel, Rainer Burchardt; studio guests: Alexander Osang , Jürgen Leinemann)


Commons : Jürgen Leinemann - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Which school for my child? , Supplement to the Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung from January 12, 2011, p. 15
  2. Gunter Hofmann: Inside. On the death of the journalist Jürgen Leinemann , in: Die Zeit No. 47 of November 14, 2013, p. 7.
  3. ^ Walter Hömberg : The master of the politician portrait . (Appreciation to Jürgen Leinemann) In: message, No. 1/2014, pp. 108-109, ISSN 1438-499X
  4. Werner A. Perger: Jürgen Leinemann was a brilliant analyst of politics. In: zeit.de. November 11, 2013, accessed December 9, 2014 .
  5. Bettina Gaus: Empathetic Democrat. In: taz.de. November 11, 2013, accessed December 9, 2014 .
  6. Jürgen Leinemann: Jürgen Leinemann: The darn 70th year. In: zeit.de. October 9, 2007, accessed December 9, 2014 .
  7. Jürgen Leinemann is dead. In: Spiegel Online. November 11, 2013, accessed December 9, 2014 .
  8. The Journalists of the Year ; mediummagazin.de in 2004 (PDF; 439 kB)