Legendary "Zeit" publisher: Theo Sommer died at the age of 92

With Helmut Schmidt and Marion Gräfin Dönhoff, Theo Sommer steered the fortunes of the weekly newspaper "Die Zeit" for years.

Legendary "Zeit" publisher: Theo Sommer died at the age of 92

With Helmut Schmidt and Marion Gräfin Dönhoff, Theo Sommer steered the fortunes of the weekly newspaper "Die Zeit" for years. Now the journalist has died in Hamburg. He was 92 years old.

The former longtime editor-in-chief and publisher of the weekly newspaper "Die Zeit", Theo Sommer, died in Hamburg at the age of 92. This was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the publisher in the afternoon. Theo Sommer was editor-in-chief from 1973 to 1992 and then until 2000 together with Marion Gräfin Dönhoff and Helmut Schmidt publisher of "Zeit". A few weeks ago, Sommer fell in his house. He said he never recovered from that.

"The colleagues of the publishing group are in deep mourning and bow to a great journalist who has decisively shaped Die Zeit with his temperament, his energy, his clever judgment and his cheerfulness as a cosmopolitan, liberal, debate-loving newspaper," said the publisher With.

Sommer, born in Constance, first came to Die Zeit as a local editor and then in 1958 as a political editor. As editor-in-chief from 1973 onwards, he shaped the orientation of the liberal paper, which was published by Marion Gräfin Dönhoff (1909-2002), with his editorials. From 1992 he acted at her side - as did former Federal Chancellor Helmut Schmidt (born 1918) - as editor. Sommer gave up this function in 2000, but continued to work as a publicist for the weekly newspaper. Foreign policy, defense and security policy as well as European issues were the topics of the former member of the Weizsäcker Commission on Bundeswehr reform (1969/70).

But the publicist also examined his environment with journalistic care: A work about his homeland, the "cosmopolitan city of Hamburg", was published in 2007, three years later one about his companion Schmidt. "It has to be well-founded in the facts," Sommer made himself the yardstick. Even in his old age, he wanted to put a pound on "journalism of the moment". Sommer was also in demand as a moderator for political talks.

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