Jürgen Hinzpeter

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Jürgen Hinzpeter
Jürgen Hinzpeter

(1937-07-06)July 6, 1937
DiedJanuary 25, 2016(2016-01-25) (aged 78) Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Years active1963–1995

Jürgen Hinzpeter (6 July 1937 – 25 January 2016)[1] was a German journalist.


Hinzpeter was reporter for the ARD and the only journalist to film the massacres during the Gwangju uprising. With detours his footage was delivered to Germany and broadcast worldwide.[2] He reported about the student uprising and the leader Kim Dae-jung who later became President of South Korea. In 2003 he was awarded the "Song Kun-Ho Prize" by the South Korean journalist association in recognition of his contribution to the South Korean democratization movement. The 2017 film A Taxi Driver centers on Kim Man-seob, a taxi driver who helped Hinzpeter during the uprising. In Gwangju there is a memorial to honor Hinzpeter erected by the 18 May Memorial Foundation.[3]


  1. ^ Journalist Hinzpeter gestorben
  2. ^ Schnappschuss: Warum ist ein deutscher Kameramann in Südkorea ein Volksheld? In: daserste.de, 29. Februar 2016
  3. ^ Choe Sang-Hun (2 August 2017). "In South Korea, an Unsung Hero of History Gets His Due". The New York Times. Retrieved 4 August 2017.

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