Robert Lembke

Robert Emil Lembke ( born September 17, 1913 in Munich, † January 14, 1989 ) was a German journalist and television presenter.


Robert Lembke was born the son of a chief representative of a record company. His parents were already divorced in 1918. The father emigrated to Britain in 1936.

Lembke began at age 18 to study law, but which he broke off, and worked as a newspaper journalist (including the Berliner Tageblatt and Simplicissimus ). When he refused to sign a " declaration of loyalty ", he was not allowed to work during the period of National Socialism as a journalist and took a job with the IG Colors, for which he sold ads and luminous colors. 1935 married Mathilde Lembke Bert Holt, and three years later a daughter.

After the Second World War Lembke built together with Hans Habe, Erich Kästner, and Stefan Heym on the Neue Zeitung in Munich, Lembke took over the management of this department internal affairs.

From 1949 he worked at the Bayerischer Rundfunk in various capacities, including as a radio chief, deputy chief and head of the news department. With the Football World Cup in 1954, he was the legendary "Miracle of Bern " Wizard of Herbert Zimmermann. In 1956 he became editor in chief and Deputy Director of Television. From 1969 he was Managing Director of the German Olympic Centre and 1972 responsible for the radio and television broadcasts of the Summer Olympics in Munich. Eventually, he became editor in chief of the Bavarian Radio and deputy program director of the ARD. He was also responsible for directing the transfer of the football World Cup in 1974.

From 1955 to 1958, and from 1961 to 1989 Lembke hosted 337 episodes of the program What am I? in the First German Television, in which four celebrities ( many years in particular: Hans Sachs Marianne Koch, alternating with Anneliese Fleyenschmidt, Annette of Aretino and Guido Baumann from Switzerland ) had to guess by Yes / No questions the profession of candidates.

Robert Lembke coined and published numerous bon mots and aphorisms.

He died in 1989 during heart surgery and was buried in the West Cemetery in Munich.


  • Golden Camera 1967 in the category Best moderation for What am I?
  • Bavarian Order of Merit (1970 )
  • Federal Cross of Merit 1st class (1975 )
  • Golden Camera 1982 in the category of honor camera "30 Years of Television"
  • Bambi (1985 )