Gustav Just

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Gustav Just
Bundesarchiv Bild 183-27093-0003, Treffen deutscher und sowjetischer Schriftsteller und Wissenschaftler.jpg
1954 meeting of German and Soviet writers and scientists
Born (1921-06-16)16 June 1921
Reinowitz, Bohemia, Czechoslovakia
Died 23 February 2011(2011-02-23) (aged 89)
Nationality German
Occupation Journalist

Gustav Just (16 June 1921 – 23 February 2011)[1] 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.

After his release he became a prolific translator of primarily Czech but also Slovak works into German and was "rehabilitated" in 1990.

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.



  1. ^ Alterspräsident des Brandenburger Landtages verstorben, Märkische Oderzeitung, 23 February 2011 (German).