No other opinion maker before or since has divided Germans like the Hamburg publisher Axel Springer. To mark the 100th anniversary of his birth on 2nd May 2012 three award-winning writers - Sebastian Dehnhardt, Manfred Oldenburg and Jobst Knigge - in association with ARTE and ZDF look back at one of the most controversial and at the same time most influential figures in the Federal Republic of Germany. An opportunity to re-examine his life’s work and his legacy from different perspectives.
With his complex, multi-layered character, his grandiose visions and his highly individual capacity for polarization, Axel Springer occupies a significant position in modern German history. Doing justice to this eminent personality requires more than simply an explanatory approach. In “Citizen Springer” three writers go in search of the truth behind the publisher