Jugend und Technik
An issue of the magazine exhibited at the DDR Museum
  • Popular science magazine
  • Technology magazine
PublisherJunge Welt Verlag
First issueFebruary 1953
Final issue1991
CountryEast Germany
Based inEast Berlin

Jugend und Technik (German: Youth and Technology), also stylized as Jugend + Technik, was an East German popular science and technology magazine targeting youth. Its subtitle was das faszinierende Technikmagazin (German: the fascinating technology magazine).[1] The magazine appeared between 1953 and 1991 and was headquartered in East Berlin.

History and profile

Jugend und Technik was started in 1951, and its first issue was published in February that year.[2] It was based in East Berlin[3] and came out monthly.[4] Its publisher was the Junge Welt Verlag.[5]

From its start in 1953 Jugend und Technik published science fiction material one of which was the German translation of Ivan Yefremov's Tumannost’ Andromedy (Russian: Andromeda).[6] This work was originally published in the Soviet Union in 1957, and its censored German version was serialized in Jugend und Technik in 1958.[6] The magazine featured articles in German and Russian during the 1960s.[5] A conference on science fiction was organized by the editors of Jugend und Technik in 1966.[7] It carried out a survey to identify the gender of the readers of science fiction in 1969 and found that they were male high school and university students and older intellectuals working in science- and technology-related fields.[6]

Earliest articles on computer technology were published in Jugend und Technik which continued to feature them until the 1980s when computer magazines began to appear in East Germany.[8] The magazine offered ways to construct home computers through the DIY practices in 1987.[8] Another frequent theme covered by the magazine was space-related topics.[9]

Jugend und Technik folded in 1991.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Detailnachweis: Jugend und Technik". ZDB-Katalog (in German). Retrieved 9 August 2023.
  2. ^ "Zeitschrift "Jugend und Technik" 1950er". DDR Museum (in German). 18 February 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2023.
  3. ^ "Zeitschriften". Stiftung Industrie- und Alltagskultur (in German). 25 September 2020. Retrieved 9 August 2023.
  4. ^ Franziska Klemstein (2022). "Rechentechnische Reparaturkompetenz". Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft (in German). 27 (14): 80. doi:10.14361/zfmw-2022-140208. S2CID 252091351.
  5. ^ a b "Zeitschrift "Jugend und Technik" 1960er". DDR Museum (in German). 18 February 2017. Retrieved 9 August 2023.
  6. ^ a b c Sonja Fritzsche (2006). Science Fiction Literature in East Germany. Oxford; Bern: Peter Lang. pp. 75, 77, 110. doi:10.3726/b14377. ISBN 978-1-78874-564-2.
  7. ^ Sonja Fritzsche (2004). "Reconceptualizing East German Popular Literature via the Science Fiction Niche". The German Quarterly. 77 (4): 450. JSTOR 4488704.
  8. ^ a b Julia Gül Erdoğan (2020). "West and East German Hackers from a Comparative Perspective". WiderScreen 2. 23 (2–3).
  9. ^ Colleen Anderson (2020). "Youth Space Education and the Future of the GDR". Central European History. 53 (1): 161. doi:10.1017/s0008938919000980.