1954 meeting of German and Soviet writers and scientists
June 16, 1921|
Reinowitz, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia
|Died||February 23, 2011(aged 89)|
Gustav Just (June 16, 1921 – February 23, 2011) was First Secretary of the German Writers' Association (DSV) (German: Deutscher Schriftstellerverband) and editor-in-chief of the East German weekly Sonntag until 1957, when he was sentenced to four years imprisonment after a show trial in which he was accused of having engaged in anti-constitutional activities ("inciting to boycott") along with Walter Janka, Heinz Zöger, and Richard Wolf. He was born in Reinowitz, Bohemia.
He served in the Brandenburg State Parliament (as its Alterspräsident, or "chairman by seniority") in the newly-unified Germany until he was forced to resign in 1992 following allegations of having participated in wartime atrocities on the Eastern Front during World War II.
In 1998 he received the Johann-Heinrich-Voß-Preis für Übersetzung.
- Zeuge in eigener Sache: Die fünfziger Jahre in der DDR, Berlin: Luchterhand, Morgenbuch, 1990.
- Witness in His Own Cause: The Fifties in the German Democratic Republic, Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1995.
- Deutsch, Jahrgang 1921: ein Lebensbericht, Potsdam: Verlag für Berlin und Brandenburg, 2001.
- Alterspräsident des Brandenburger Landtages verstorben, Märkische Oderzeitung, February 23, 2011 (german).