A Register of the Heinrich Bortfeldt Interviews

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A Register of the Heinrich Bortfeldt Interviews

Hoover Institution Archives

Stanford University

Stanford, California
Processed by:
Brad Bauer and Alexandra Dunlap
Date Completed:
2010
Encoded by:
Machine-readable finding aid derived from MARC record by David Sun and Supriya Wronkiewicz.
© Hoover Institution Archives. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Title: Heinrich Bortfeldt interviews
Dates: 2001-2006
Collection Number: 2002C60
Creator: Bortfeldt, Heinrich, interviewer.
Collection Size: 6 manuscript boxes (2.4 linear feet)
Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
Stanford, California 94305-6010
Abstract: Sound recordings and transcripts of interviews of leaders of the Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands and of the Partei des Demokratischen Sozialismus, and of other German political and cultural figures, relating to political conditions in East Germany and in reunified Germany.
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
Languages: German

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open for research.
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Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Heinrich Bortfeldt interviews, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2002.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

Related Materials

GDR Oral History Project interviews, Hoover Institution Archives

Scope and Content of Collection

The Heinrich Bortfeldt Collection consists of several series of oral history interviews conducted by Bortfeldt, a German historian, between 2001 and 2006. These interviews were a follow-up to an earlier series of interviews conducted in the former East Germany during the period of transition following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 and German reunification in 1990. These earlier interviews, in which Bortfeldt and a number of others participated, can be found in the GDR Oral History Collection in the Hoover Institution Archives. The oral history interviews are available as sound recordings on audio cassette tapes.
For the latter interviews that are represented in this collection, Bortfeldt initially sought to interview leading East German political and governmental figures, such as Egon Krenz, Hans Modrow, Lothar de Maizière and Herbert Häber, as well as West German business and political leaders whose work brought them into contact with East Germany during the 1970s and 1980s, such as Edzard Reuter, Lothar Späth, Kurt Biedenkopf and Björn Engholm. The last major series of interviews in this collection focused on intellectual and artistic figures from the former East Germany, who reflected on their experiences in that country, including the novelist Christoph Hein, the artist Walter Womacka, screenwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase, theatrical producer Manfred Wekwerth, and actress Gisela May, among others. In addition, a handful of subsequent interviews were conducted with former East German governmental leaders, including the chief of the foreign espionage division of the Ministry of State Security (Stasi), Markus Wolf.
With a few exceptions, transcripts were provided by Bortfeldt for all of the recorded interviews. The first series in this finding aid, the transcripts, is arranged by chronologically-grouped subseries, according to when the interviews were conducted, and then alphabetically within each subseries.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands.
Partei des Demokratischen Sozialismus (Germany)
Communism--Germany.
Socialism--Germany.
Germany (East)--Politics and government.
Germany--Politics and government--1990-
Phonorecords.


Collection Contents

Box: 1-3

Transcripts 2001-2006

Box/Folders: 1

Transcripts Group 1, 2001-2002

Box/Folders: 1:1

Photographs, undated

Box/Folders: 1:2

Lothar Bisky, 2001 December 12

Box/Folders: 1:3

Peter-Michael Diestel, 2001 December 17

Box/Folders: 1:4

Werner Eberlein, 2001 October 23

Box/Folders: 1:5

Rainer Eppelmann, 2002 March 22

Box/Folders: 1:6

Herbert Häber, 2001 October 30

Box/Folders: 1:7

Egon Krenz, 2001 November 15

Box/Folders: 1:8

Horst Grunert, 2002 March 4

Box/Folders: 1:9

Lothar de Maizière, 2001 December 17

Box/Folders: 1:10

Joachim Misselwitz, 2002 January 28

Box/Folders: 1:11

Hans Modrow, 2001 November 22

Box/Folders: 1:12

Hans Modrow, 2001 November 22

Box/Folders: 1:13

Gustav Adolf Schur, 2002 February 12

Box/Folders: 1:14

Gabriele Zimmer 2002 January 15

Box/Folders: 1:15

Gabriele Zimmer 2002 January 15

Box/Folders: 1

Transcripts Group 2, 2002-2003

Box/Folders: 1:16

Jürgen Aretz, 2003 January 23

Box/Folders: 1:17

Kurt Biedenkopf, 2003 January 15

Box/Folders: 1:18

Hans-Otto Bräutigam, 2002 November 5

Box/Folders: 1:19

Erhard Eppler, 2002 June 12

Box/Folders: 1:20

Herbert Häber, 2003 February 24

Box/Folders: 1:21

Edzard Reuter, 2003 May 15

Box/Folders: 1:22

Lothar Späth, 2003 April 16

Box/Folders: 1:23

Karsten Voigt, 2003 February 17

Box/Folders: 2

Transcripts Group 3, 2003-2005

Box/Folders: 2:1

Christine Bergmann, 2003 October 23

Box/Folders: 2:2

Björn Engholm, 2003 November 22

Box/Folders: 2:3

Erich Hahn, 2003 November 6

Box/Folders: 2:4

Reinhard Höppner, 2004 April 14

Box/Folders: 2:5

Franz Jahsnowsky, 2003 January 20

Box/Folders: 2:6

Gisela May, 2004 January 16

Box/Folders: 2:7

Rolf Schwanitz, 2003 October 29

Box/Folders: 2:8

Hans Jochen Vogel, 2003 October 24

Box/Folders: 2:9

Axel Weisener, 2003 March 24

Box/Folders: 2-3

Transcripts Group 4, 2003-2006

Box/Folders: 2:10

Theo Adam, 2004 September 10

Box/Folders: 2:11

Bruno Flierl, 2006 October 30

Box/Folders: 2:12

Victor Grossman, 2004 September 2

Box/Folders: 2:13

Birgid Gysi, 2006 March 2

Box/Folders: 2:14

Heidrun Hegewald, 2005 January 10

Box/Folders: 2:15

Christoph Hein, 2006 June 14

Box/Folders: 2:16

Bernhard Heisig and Gudrun Brüne, 2005 November 18

Box/Folders: 2:17

Klaus Höpke, 2004 September 16

Box/Folders: 2:18

Winfried Junge, 2006 April 26

Box/Folders: 2:19

Jo Jastram, 2005 November 11

Box/Folders: 2:20

Hermann Kant, 2004 September 24

Box/Folders: 2:21

Walter Kaufmann, 2005 February 2

Box/Folders: 2:22

Wolfgang Kohlhaase, 2005 March 23

Box/Folders: 3:1

Erich Loest, 2006 March 29

Box/Folders: 3:2

Erik Neutsch, 2004 November 10

Box/Folders: 3:3

Gisela Oechelhäuser, 2005 October 26

Box/Folders: 3:4

Klaus Renft, 2005 March 22

Box/Folders: 3:5

Helmut Sakowski, 2004 November 24

Box/Folders: 3:6

Landolf Scherzer, 2005 December 10

Box/Folders: 3:7

Frank Schöbel, 2005 November 16

Box/Folders: 3:8

Peter Schreir, 2005 April 22

Box/Folders: 3:9

Willi Sitte, 2004 November 9

Box/Folders: 3:10

Peter Sodann, 2006 February 28

Box/Folders: 3:11

Peter Strang, 2005 May 27

Box/Folders: 3:12

Barbara Thalheim, 2005 October 5

Box/Folders: 3:13

Jutta Wachowiak, 2005 May 11

Box/Folders: 3:14

Manfred Wekwerth, 2004 August 30

Box/Folders: 3:15

Walter Womacka, 2004 November 16

Box/Folders: 3

Transcripts Group 5, 2004-2006

Box/Folders: 3:16

Gerhard Beil, 2006 March 29

Box/Folders: 3:17

Herbert Häber, 2004 November 17

Box/Folders: 3:18

Heinz Kessler, 2005 January 5

Box/Folders: 3:19

Jörg Schönbohm, 2006 March 30

Box/Folders: 3:20

Manfred Stolpe, 2006 October 20

Box/Folders: 3:21

Bernd Stange, 2005 June 7

Box/Folders: 3:22

Markus Wolf, 2004 December 14

Box/Folders: 3:23

Markus Wolf, 2005 March 1

Box/Folders: 3:24

Friedrich Wolff, 2005 July 18

4-6

Cassette Tapes 2001-2006

Box: 4

Theo Adam, 2004 September 10

Box: 4

Jürgen Aretz, 2003 January 23

Box: 4

Egon Bahr 2002 June 3

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 4

Gerhard Beil, 2006 March 29

Box: 4

Christine Bergmann, 2003 October 23

Box: 4

Kurt Biedenkopf, 2003 January 15

Box: 4

Lothar Bisky, 2001 December 12

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 4

Hans-Otto Bräutigam, 2002 November 5

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 4

Gudrun Brüne and Bernhard Heisig, 2005 November 18

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 4

Peter-Michael Diestel, 2001 December 17

Box: 4

Werner Eberlein, 2001 October 23

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 4

Björn Engholm, 2003 November 22

Box: 4

Rainer Eppelmann, 2002 March 22

Box: 4

Erhard Eppler, 2003 June 12

Box: 4

Bruno Flierl, 2006 October 30

Box: 4

Günther Gaus 2002 June 5

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 4

Victor Grossman, 2004 September 2

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 4

Horst Grunert, 2002 March 4

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 4

Birgid Gysi, 2006 March 2

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 4

Herbert Häber, 2001 October 30

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 4

Herbert Häber, 2003 February 24

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 4

Herbert Häber, 2004 November 17

Box: 4

Erich Hahn, 2003 November 6

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 4

Christoph Hein, 2006 June 14

Box: 4

Klaus Höpke, 2004 September 16

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 4

Reinhard Höppner, 2004 April 14

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 4

Franz Jahsnowsky, 2003 January 20

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 4

Jo Jastram, 2005 November 11

Scope and Content Note

Cassette 1 of 2
Box: 5

Jo Jastram, 2005 November 11

Scope and Content Note

Cassette 2 of 2
Box: 5

Winfried Junge, 2006 April 26

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 5

Hermann Kant, 2004 September 24

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 5

Walter Kaufmann, 2005 February 2

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 5

Heinz Kepler, 2005 January 5

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 5

Walther Kieb, 2002 September 3

Box: 5

Wolfgang Kohlhaase, 2005 March 23

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 5

Egon Krenz, 2001 November 15

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 5

Erich Loest, 2006 March 29

Box: 5

Lothar de Maizière, 2001 December 17

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 5

Gisela May, 2004 January 16

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 5

Joachim Misselwitz, 2002 January 28

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 5

Hans Modrow, 2001 November 22

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 5

Edgar Most, 2003 January 8

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 5

Erik Neutsch, 2004 November 10

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 5

Gisela Oechelhäuser, 2005 October 26

Box: 5

R. Riebig, 2002 October 7

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 5

Klaus Renft, 2005 March 22

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 5

Edzard Reuter, 2003 May 15

Box: 5

Helmut Sakowski, 2004 November 24

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 5

Landolf Scherzer, 2005 December 10

Box: 5

Frank Schöbel, 2005 November 16

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 5

Jörg Schönbohm, 2006 March 30

Box: 5

Peter Schreier, 2005 April 22

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 5

Gustav Adolf Schur, 2002 February 12

Box: 5

Rolf Schwanitz, 2003 October 29

Box: 5

Willi Sitte, 2004 November 9

Box: 6

Peter Sodann, 2006 February 28

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 6

Lothar Späth, 2003 April 16

Box: 6

Bernd Stange, 2005 June 7

Box: 6

Manfred Stolpe, 2006 October 20

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 6

Barbara Thalheim, 2005 October 5

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 6

Bernhard Vogel 2003 February 14

Box: 6

Hans Jochen Vogel, 2003 October 24

Box: 6

Karsten Voigt, 2003 February 17

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 6

Richard von Weizsäcker 2002 June 18

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 6

Manfred Wekwerth, 2004 August 30

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box: 6

Axel Weisener, 2003 March 24

Box: 6

Markus Wolf, 2004 December 14

Access Information

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0000557

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box 6

Markus Wolf, 2005 March 1

Access Information

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0000556

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box 6

Friedrich Wolff, 2005 July 18

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box 6

Walter Womacka, 2004 November 16

Scope and Content Note

2 cassettes
Box 6

Gabriele Zimmer 2002 January 15