Book look: 96 & 1956

1These are difficult times for the fans of Hannover 96. After some successful years and great ambitions regarding European competitions, the club was relegated last season. Now the tradition-rich team fight to get back into the German Bundesliga. “Rote Liebe. Die Geschichte von Hannover 96” is a spectacular 450-page portrait of Hannover 96. The book by Hardy Grüne (“Wenn Spieltag ist. Fußballfans in der Bundesliga”), Horst Kroschinski, Frank Willig and Thorsten Schmidt investigates the early years of the club, examine its role during the war and documents the construction of its stadium by using rubble of buildings destroyed by airstrikes. This Verlag Die Werkstatt club anthology provides great action photographs and comprehensive information regarding various aspects – from supporters’ rivalries to the club’s initiatives in the region. It pays tribute to the best players of Hannover 96 such as Arsenal captain Per Mertesacker, keeper Jörg Sievers, German national team striker Fredi Bobic, Altin Lala and top scorer Dieter Schatzschneider. A detailed statistics section includes facts about every footballer who has ever played for the team since 1947 – from Abel Xavier and Otto Addo to Rainer Zobel and Dariusz Zuraw. This release follows several outstanding soccer-themed books from Verlag Die Werkstatt like “Die unhaltbare Pudelmütze. Fußball-Geschichten aus dem Norden Europas” and “Ultras im Abseits?”.

Rote Liebe. Die Geschichte von Hannover 96
By Hardy Grüne, Thorsten Schmidt, Frank Willig and Horst Kroschinski
Published by Verlag Die Werkstatt (

2A celebrated photographer and a renowned historian have once more teamed up to create a fascinating photo book. “Ungarn 1956” focuses on the buildup, turmoil and aftermath of the 1956 Hungarian Uprising. Vienna-based snapper Erich Lessing documented the dramatic events in the capital city of Budapest but also on the countryside. The book does not just feature intense images from 60 years ago. The 270-page Tyrolia publication also includes pictures he took recently – when he again met personalities with influence in 1956. Hildesheim University lecturer Michael Gehler provides informative texts examining the dramatic occurrences in the country which became a member of the European Union in 2004. Lessing’s photos show destroyed buildings and violent action in the streets. “Ungarn 1956” is a gripping time travel. The snapper – who still runs a gallery in the centre of Vienna – has published more than 60 books. One of his most recent releases is “Von der Befreiung zur Freiheit. Österreich nach 1945” which has also been created in partnership with Gehler. It reflects the attempts of Austrians to get their country back on track in the difficult years of scarcity after World War Two.

Ungarn 1956
By Erich Lessing and Michael Gehler
Published by Tyrolia (

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