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The magazine's front cover on 9 July 1848, with the grinning boy that became its trademark.

Kladderadatsch[1] (onomatopoeic for "Crash") was a satirical German-language magazine first published in Berlin on 7 May 1848,[2] and appearing "daily, except for weekdays". It was founded by Albert Hofmann and David Kalisch, the latter the son of a Jewish merchant and the author of several works of comedy.[3] Publication ceased in 1944.


The first edition, written almost entirely by Kalisch, saw 4,000 copies printed, all of which were sold within 24 hours. Two other writers, Ernst Dohm and Rudolf Löwenstein, were then employed. Wilhelm Scholz's drawings appeared in the second edition, and would do so for the next 40 years.[3]

Originally, the Kladderadatsch was a liberal magazine but grew more conservative over the years. During the Bismarck era, the journal supported the Chancellor’s policies; during the Weimar era, its stance was German-nationalist. After the 1923 takeover by the industrialist Hugo Stinnes, the magazine's contents became increasingly right-wing and showed some sympathy with Hitler and National socialism.[4]


  1. ^ http://www.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/helios/digi/kladderadatsch.html The whole opus.
  2. ^ Lorenzo Lorusso. ""Caricatural" journals". Neuro Caricatures. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Kladderadatsch Archived 2014-04-15 at the Wayback Machine, Spartacus Educational, Retrieved 27 March 2008.
  4. ^ Ann Taylor Allen, Satire and Society in Wilhelmine Germany. Kladderadatsch & Simplicissimus 1890-1914, Lexington 1984; Klaus Schulz, "Kladderadatsch". Ein bürgerliches Witzblatt von der Märzrevolution bis zum Nationalsozialismus 1848-1944, Bochum 1975; Ingrid Heinrich-Jost (Hrsg.), Kladderadatsch. Die Geschichte eines Berliner Witzblattes von 1848 bis ins Dritte Reich, Köln 1982.