Hanns Leske

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  • Sports historian
  • Political scientist
  • Former Berlin local politician

Hanns Leske(born 1950 in Berlin) is a German sports historian,[1] political scientist[2] and former Berlin local politician.[3]


Hanns Leske served from 1979 to 1999 within the Social Democratic Party of Germany as a member of the district council of Schöneberg[2][4] and was Group Managing Director and building policy spokesman. After leaving the party in 1999, Leske briefly appeared as Charité press spokesman between 2004 and 2005, but subsequently devoted himself exclusively to various publications on East German football Leske achieved national fame with works such as Erich Mielke, the Stasi and the round leather.[5] In his writings, Leske addresses the network of relationships between SED and MfS on the one hand, the GDR football clubs and Sports_associations_(East_Germany) company sports clubs on the other.[6] In addition to the historical presentation, his works contain extensive statistics on the East Germany national football team and the division of the DDR-Oberliga, DDR-Liga and II. DDR-Liga.


  • Erich Mielke, die Stasi und das runde Leder. Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2004, ISBN 3-89533-448-0 (Dissertation, FU Berlin, 2003).
  • Enzyklopädie des DDR-Fußballs. Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2007, ISBN 978-3-89533-556-3
  • Vorwärts. Armeefußball im DDR-Sozialismus. ASK/FC Vorwärts Leipzig/Berlin/Frankfurt. Die Werkstatt, Göttingen 2009, ISBN 978-3-89533-647-8.
  • SC Tasmania Berlin. Der ewige Letzte – die wahre Geschichte der Tasmanen. Agon, Kassel 2011, ISBN 978-3-89784-369-1.
  • Magneten der Lederbälle. Torhüter der DDR. Agon, Kassel 2014, ISBN 978-3-89784-368-4.
  • Die DDR-Oberligaspieler. Ein Lexikon. Agon, Kassel 2014, ISBN 978-3-89784-392-9.


  1. Alan McDougall (18 July 2014). The People’s Game: Football, State and Society in East Germany (PDF).
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Hanns Leske: Erich Mielke, die Stasi und das runde Leder. Der Einfluss des Ministeriums für Staatssicherheit auf den Fußballsport in der DDR". Deutschlandfunk. 14 June 2004. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  3. "Berlin areas fight to hail film legend". Deseret News. 19 July 1997. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  4. Markus Hesselmann (15 March 2005). "Unselige Leidenschaft Eine Studie über Mielke und den DDR-Fußball". Der Tagesspiegel. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  5. Jefferson Adams (30 November 2012). "Awaiting History's Judgment: The GDR's Erich Mielke". International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence. 26 (1): 64–83. Retrieved 25 December 2020.
  6. David Crossland (8 November 2020). "Dynamo Berlin: The soccer club 'owned' by the Stasi". CNN. Retrieved 25 December 2020.

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