Register of the Heinrich Bortfeldt Interviews

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Title: Heinrich Bortfeldt interviews
Date (inclusive): 2001-2006
Collection Number: 2002C60
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
Language of Material: German
Physical Description: 3 manuscript boxes, 3 oversize boxes (2.4 Linear Feet)
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.
Creator: Bortfeldt, Heinrich
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives

Access

The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.

Publication Rights

For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

Acquisition Information

Materials were acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 2002.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Heinrich Bortfeldt interviews, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & 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 Library & 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.

Related Materials

GDR Oral History Project interviews, Hoover Institution Library & Archives

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Audiotapes
Communism -- Germany
Socialism -- Germany
Germany (East) -- Politics and government
Germany -- Politics and government -- 1990-
Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands
Partei des Demokratischen Sozialismus (Germany)

 

Transcripts 2001-2006

 

Transcripts Group 1 2001-2002

box 1, folder 1

Photographs undated

box 1, folder 2

Lothar Bisky 2001 December 12

box 1, folder 3

Peter-Michael Diestel 2001 December 17

box 1, folder 4

Werner Eberlein 2001 October 23

box 1, folder 5

Rainer Eppelmann 2002 March 22

box 1, folder 6

Herbert Häber 2001 October 30

box 1, folder 7

Egon Krenz 2001 November 15

box 1, folder 8

Horst Grunert 2002 March 4

box 1, folder 9

Lothar de Maizière 2001 December 17

box 1, folder 10

Joachim Misselwitz 2002 January 28

box 1, folder 11

Hans Modrow 2001 November 22

box 1, folder 12

Hans Modrow 2001 November 22

box 1, folder 13

Gustav Adolf Schur 2002 February 12

box 1, folder 14

Gabriele Zimmer 2002 January 15

box 1, folder 15

Gabriele Zimmer 2002 January 15

 

Transcripts Group 2 2002-2003

box 1, folder 16

Jürgen Aretz 2003 January 23

box 1, folder 17

Kurt Biedenkopf 2003 January 15

box 1, folder 18

Hans-Otto Bräutigam 2002 November 5

box 1, folder 19

Erhard Eppler 2002 June 12

box 1, folder 20

Herbert Häber 2003 February 24

box 1, folder 21

Edzard Reuter 2003 May 15

box 1, folder 22

Lothar Späth 2003 April 16

box 1, folder 23

Karsten Voigt 2003 February 17

 

Transcripts Group 3 2003-2005

box 2, folder 1

Christine Bergmann 2003 October 23

box 2, folder 2

Björn Engholm 2003 November 22

box 2, folder 3

Erich Hahn 2003 November 6

box 2, folder 4

Reinhard Höppner 2004 April 14

box 2, folder 5

Franz Jahsnowsky 2003 January 20

box 2, folder 6

Gisela May 2004 January 16

box 2, folder 7

Rolf Schwanitz 2003 October 29

box 2, folder 8

Hans Jochen Vogel 2003 October 24

box 2, folder 9

Axel Weisener 2003 March 24

 

Transcripts Group 4 2003-2006

box 2, folder 10

Theo Adam 2004 September 10

box 2, folder 11

Bruno Flierl 2006 October 30

box 2, folder 12

Victor Grossman 2004 September 2

box 2, folder 13

Birgid Gysi 2006 March 2

box 2, folder 14

Heidrun Hegewald 2005 January 10

box 2, folder 15

Christoph Hein 2006 June 14

box 2, folder 16

Bernhard Heisig and Gudrun Brüne 2005 November 18

box 2, folder 17

Klaus Höpke 2004 September 16

box 2, folder 18

Winfried Junge 2006 April 26

box 2, folder 19

Jo Jastram 2005 November 11

box 2, folder 20

Hermann Kant 2004 September 24

box 2, folder 21

Walter Kaufmann 2005 February 2

box 2, folder 22

Wolfgang Kohlhaase 2005 March 23

box 3, folder 1

Erich Loest 2006 March 29

box 3, folder 2

Erik Neutsch 2004 November 10

box 3, folder 3

Gisela Oechelhäuser 2005 October 26

box 3, folder 4

Klaus Renft 2005 March 22

box 3, folder 5

Helmut Sakowski 2004 November 24

box 3, folder 6

Landolf Scherzer 2005 December 10

box 3, folder 7

Frank Schöbel 2005 November 16

box 3, folder 8

Peter Schreir 2005 April 22

box 3, folder 9

Willi Sitte 2004 November 9

box 3, folder 10

Peter Sodann 2006 February 28

box 3, folder 11

Peter Strang 2005 May 27

box 3, folder 12

Barbara Thalheim 2005 October 5

box 3, folder 13

Jutta Wachowiak 2005 May 11

box 3, folder 14

Manfred Wekwerth 2004 August 30

box 3, folder 15

Walter Womacka 2004 November 16

 

Transcripts Group 5 2004-2006

box 3, folder 16

Gerhard Beil 2006 March 29

box 3, folder 17

Herbert Häber 2004 November 17

box 3, folder 18

Heinz Kessler 2005 January 5

box 3, folder 19

Jörg Schönbohm 2006 March 30

box 3, folder 20

Manfred Stolpe 2006 October 20

box 3, folder 21

Bernd Stange 2005 June 7

box 3, folder 22

Markus Wolf 2004 December 14

box 3, folder 23

Markus Wolf 2005 March 1

box 3, folder 24

Friedrich Wolff 2005 July 18

 

Cassette Tapes 2001-2006

box 4

Theo Adam 2004 September 10

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013332
box 4

Jürgen Aretz 2003 January 23

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013333
box 4

Egon Bahr 2002 June 3

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013339
box 4

Gerhard Beil 2006 March 29

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013340
box 4

Christine Bergmann 2003 October 23

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013344
box 4

Kurt Biedenkopf 2003 January 15

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013345
box 4

Lothar Bisky 2001 December 12

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013346
box 4

Hans-Otto Bräutigam 2002 November 5

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013354
box 4

Gudrun Brüne and Bernhard Heisig 2005 November 18

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013355
box 4

Peter-Michael Diestel 2001 December 17

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013364
box 4

Werner Eberlein 2001 October 23

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013365
box 4

Björn Engholm 2003 November 22

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013370
box 4

Rainer Eppelmann 2002 March 22

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013371
box 4

Erhard Eppler 2003 June 12

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013377
box 4

Bruno Flierl 2006 October 30

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013378
box 4

Günther Gaus 2002 June 5

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013379
box 4

Victor Grossman 2004 September 2

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013382
box 4

Horst Grunert 2002 March 4

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013388
box 4

Birgid Gysi 2006 March 2

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013389
box 4

Herbert Häber 2001 October 30

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013402
box 4

Herbert Häber 2003 February 24

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013403
box 4

Herbert Häber 2004 November 17

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013408
box 4

Erich Hahn 2003 November 6

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013409
box 4

Christoph Hein 2006 June 14

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013418
box 4

Klaus Höpke 2004 September 16

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013419
box 4

Reinhard Höppner 2004 April 14

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013434
box 4

Franz Jahsnowsky 2003 January 20

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013450
box 4

Jo Jastram 2005 November 11

Scope and Contents note

Cassette 1 of 2

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013461
box 5

Jo Jastram 2005 November 11

Scope and Contents note

Cassette 2 of 2

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013461
box 5

Winfried Junge 2006 April 26

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013474
box 5

Hermann Kant 2004 September 24

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013548
box 5

Walter Kaufmann 2005 February 2

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013560
box 5

Heinz Kepler 2005 January 5

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013625
box 5

Walther Kieb 2002 September 3

Access

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0013626
box 5

Wolfgang Kohlhaase 2005 March 23

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes
box 5

Egon Krenz 2001 November 15

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes
box 5

Erich Loest 2006 March 29

box 5

Lothar de Maizière 2001 December 17

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes
box 5

Gisela May 2004 January 16

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes
box 5

Joachim Misselwitz 2002 January 28

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes
box 5

Hans Modrow 2001 November 22

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes
box 5

Edgar Most 2003 January 8

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes
box 5

Erik Neutsch 2004 November 10

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes
box 5

Gisela Oechelhäuser 2005 October 26

box 5

R. Riebig 2002 October 7

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes
box 5

Klaus Renft 2005 March 22

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes
box 5

Edzard Reuter 2003 May 15

box 5

Helmut Sakowski 2004 November 24

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes
box 5

Landolf Scherzer 2005 December 10

box 5

Frank Schöbel 2005 November 16

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes
box 5

Jörg Schönbohm 2006 March 30

box 5

Peter Schreier 2005 April 22

Scope and Contents 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 Contents 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 Contents note

2 cassettes
box 6

Barbara Thalheim 2005 October 5

Scope and Contents 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 Contents note

2 cassettes
box 6

Richard von Weizsäcker 2002 June 18

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes
box 6

Manfred Wekwerth 2004 August 30

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes
box 6

Axel Weisener 2003 March 24

box 6

Markus Wolf 2004 December 14

Conditions Governing Access note

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0000557

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes
box 6

Markus Wolf 2005 March 1

Conditions Governing Access note

Use copy reference number: 2002c60_a_0000556

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes
box 6

Friedrich Wolff 2005 July 18

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes
box 6

Walter Womacka 2004 November 16

Scope and Contents note

2 cassettes
box 6

Gabriele Zimmer 2002 January 15