Wolfgang Harich Audio Collection

Biographical / Historical Note

Born in Königsberg, Germany 1923, died in Berlin 1995; philosopher and publicist; studied with Nicolai Hartmann and Eduard Spranger 1940-1942; deserted from the German army at the end of 1944 and joined resistance groups in Berlin; resuming his studies after the war he became a publicist and literary critic; member of the Kommunistische Partei Deutschlands (KPD), later Sozialistische Einheitspartei Deutschlands (SED) from 1945/1946; lecturer of dialectical and historical materialism at the Humboldt University in East-Berlin from 1948 and after his graduation in 1951 deputy professor of history of philosophy; together with Arthur Baumgarten, Ernst Bloch and Karl Schröter member of the editorial staff of the Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie; advocated democratic reforms for the sake of a unified and socialist Germany in November 1956 after which he was arrested; imprisoned until 1964; staff member of the Akademie-Verlag from 1965; focused on ecological problems in the 1970s; stayed in some western countries from 1979 but returned to the German Democratic Republic (GDR) in 1981; after the `Wende' in 1989 he became chairman of the Alternative Enquete Kommission (AEK), which did research on the history of the GDR; his publications include `Jean Pauls Kritik des philosophischen Egoismus' 1968, `Zur Kritik des revolutionären Ungedulds' 1971, `Kommunismus ohne Wachstum? Babeuf und der "Club of Rome"' 1975 and `Keine Schwierigkeiten mit der Wahrheit' 1993.


Descriptions of the digital files are based on the captions of the physical medium. In case of a cassette each side (side A and side B) is described as a separate unit. The collection originally consisted of 9 cassettes with the call numbers GC10/497-GC10/505. In 2015 the cassettes were digitized.


Files containing interviews with Wolfgang Harich. He talks about his life from childhood until 1991.

It is not known who conducted the interviews.

Processing Information

List made by Mieke Stroo, 2016

Related Material

See also Wolfgang Harich Papers at the IISH.