Lutz Hachmeister

Lutz Hachmeister (born September 10, 1959 in Minden/Westphalia) is a German media historian, award-winning filmmaker and journalist. He particularly gained international attention for directing the 2005 BBC-co-produced film The Goebbels Experiment featuring Kenneth Branagh as the narrator for the Goebbels Diaries. In 2006 Hachmeister established the Institute for Media and Communications Policy (IfM) in Berlin and Cologne, which is strongly tied to the Anglo-American media scene. Hachmeister graduated from the University of Münster, writing his doctoral thesis about the history of communication research in Germany. His professorial thesis (Habilitation) deals with Franz Six, Adolf Eichmann’s superior, who was nominated to rule Great Britain as the head of the SD (Security Service of the Nazi paramilitary force SS) in case of a German occupation. Hachmeister’s book about Six’ career was widely recognized as one of the “new biographies” in the 1990s, describing in detail the mentality and role of the young academic elite in shaping the “Third Reich”.

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