|Editor||Andreas Petzold, Thomas Osterkorn|
|Circulation||1.07 million / month|
|Company||Gruner + Jahr|
Stern (English: "Star") is a weekly news magazine published in Germany by Gruner + Jahr, a subsidiary of Bertelsmann. Its founder in 1948 was Henri Nannen. In the first quarter of 2006, its print run was 1.019 million copies and it reached 7.84 million readers according to Media-Analyse.
It is notorious internationally for publishing the Hitler Diaries in its April 28th edition of 1983. Scientific examination soon proved them forgeries. A British broadsheet newspaper, The Sunday Times, had begun a serialisation of the diaries, then abandoned that and issued an official apology.
The fiasco led to the resignation of the magazine's editors and a major scandal that is still regarded as a low point in German journalism. The incident caused a major crisis for the magazine. Its credibility was severely damaged and it had to rebuild its reputation from an abysmal level.
In Germany, it is also remembered for the publication in 1971 of We had an abortion!, a public declaration by several hundred women provoked by Alice Schwarzer to defy its illegality at that time in West Germany.
Nannen created the magazine out of the youth paper Zick Zack, and the first issue appeared on 1 August 1948. This was possible after obtaining a licence from the British military government to rename Zick-Zack to Stern, for which Nannen had taken over the licence a few months before. The first issue had 16 pages, with the cover showing actress Hildegard Knef.
In 1950, after the magazine had published an article about the waste of money by the Allies, the British administration banned it for one week. In 1951 Nannen sold his holding in the paper to Gruner + Jahr. In 1968, Stern and Die Zeit began publishing the Stern-Zeit bi-weekly paper for the blind, which stopped publication in mid-2007 due to financial problems.
In 1990 Stern published the title story "I am a masochist", in which author Sina-Aline Geißler discussed her literary coming-out as a member of the BDSM scene. This caused an intense public debate, and radical feminists occupied the editorial office of Stern.
Stern has lost four journalists killed while reporting. In January 1995, Jochen Piest was killed by a sniper near the Chechen capital of Grozny. Gabriel Grüner and Volker Krämer were killed near Dulje, Kosovo. November 2001 saw the death of Volker Handloik in an ambush in northern Afghanistan.
- Official website (German)