Wilhelm Volkert - Wilhelm Volkert

Wilhelm Volkert (born February 26, 1928 in Munich ; † August 1, 2020 [1] ) was a German historian and archivist .

The son of a senior civil servant spent the first years of his life in Munich. In 1932 the family went to Middle Franconia , where his father was transferred. In 1942 the family returned to Munich. At the age of sixteen he was an anti-aircraft helper towards the end of the Second World War and was taken prisoner by the Americans , which he spent in one of the Rhine meadow camps . After returning from captivity, he first made up his Abitur in 1946 and began studying history, German and geography at the University of Munich in 1947 .

Volkert received his doctorate in 1952 at the Philosophical Faculty with a thesis on the Bavarian Duke Stephan II and then joined the Bavarian state archives service. In 1957 he went to Amberg for three years . In the archive service he rose to the position of archive director. In 1962 he became a member of the Swabian Research Association . On August 1, 1978 he became professor for Bavarian regional history at the University of Regensburg and taught there until his retirement in September 1994. From 1981 to 1983 he was dean of the Philosophical Faculty III. His academic students included Dirk Götschmann and Johannes Laschingerand Wolfgang Schmidt . From 1984 he was a member of the Commission for Bavarian State History at the Bavarian Academy of Sciences and was its second chairman from 1993 to 2003.

His main research interests were the history of the Middle Ages, the regional history of southern Germany and especially Bavaria in the Middle Ages and modern times. Volkert gained greater prominence through the publication of the anti-Semitic leading articles by Ludwig Thoma in the Miesbacher Anzeiger . [2]



  • History of Bavaria (= Beck'sche Reihe , 2602, CH Beck Wissen ). 4th, supplemented edition. Beck, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-406-55159-8 .
  • Nobility to guild. A lexicon of the Middle Ages. Beck, Munich 1991, ISBN 3-406-35499-8 .
  • Chancellery and council in Bavaria under Duke Stephan II. 1331–1375. Phil. Diss. Munich 1952.


  • The legal book of Emperor Ludwig of Bavaria from 1346 (= Bavarian legal sources. Vol. 4). Using the preliminary work by Walter Jaroschka and Heinz Lieberich. Beck, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-406-10659-0 .


  • In the service of Bavarian history. 70 years of the Commission for Bavarian State History. 50 years of the Institute for Bavarian History (= series of publications on Bavarian regional history. Vol. 111). 2nd updated edition. Beck, Munich 1999, ISBN 3-406-10692-7 .
  • Ludwig Thoma : All articles from the "Miesbacher Anzeiger" 1920/21. 2nd Edition. Piper, Munich et al. 1990, ISBN 3-492-03276-1 .
  • Handbook of the Bavarian offices, municipalities and courts 1799–1980. Beck, Munich 1983, ISBN 3-406-09669-7 .




  1. see death report in OVB home newspapers , August 21, 2020.
  2. Daniel Drascek: Vortex around Ludwig Thoma. In: Literatur in Bayern , No. 17, September 1989, pp. 48-51 ( online ).