Hinz&Kunzt

Hamburg, Germany
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Our vendors: Ewa (Hinz&Kunzt, Hamburg, Germany)

Ewa, 51, sells Hinz&Kunzt at her pitch in front of the Douglas perfume shop on Mönckebergstraße, Hamburg. Earlier this year, she worked in the KunztKüche, where her hard work and dedication were noticed by her co-workers and, in May, she was the winner of the ‘Mit dir geht mehr’ (You make our city better) campaign. Hinz&Kunzt met up with Ewa, who has high hopes for the future and who has done so much to support others in her community.

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Attacks on the homeless are on the rise in Hamburg

The Global Street Paper Summit is an opportunity to focus in on a lot of the amazing work being done by street papers. However, that doesn’t mean that the problems affecting their vendors are overlooked. In Germany, the number of violent attacks on homeless people – arson, assault, rape – is increasing. Figures released by the German Federal Criminal Police Office [Bundeskriminalamt: BKA] show that, year on year, the number of attacks is continuing to grow. Hinz&Kunzt examined the reasons why such violence is on the rise and asks what can be done to stop it.

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Our vendors: Petra (Hinzt&Kunzt, Hamburg, Germany)

Petra, 55, sells Hinz&Kunzt in front of the Edeka supermarket in the Winterhude quarter of Hamburg, often in the company of her dog, Luna. Here, Petra talks about the friendly relationships that she has with many of her customers and talks about what life has been like since she became homeless three years ago. One day, she hopes to have a place of her own that she can call home.

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Our vendors: Holger (Hinz&Kunzt, Hamburg, Germany)

Holger (53) sells Hinz&Kunzt at the Isemarket in Hamburg Eppendorf. Here, he looks back on his earlier life, which was turned upside down in the 1980s when he worked at a shop selling stolen goods and was blackmailed by his physically abusive boss. The support of friends on the street led him to Hinz&Kunst 20 years ago; now, his life is full of hope – and love.

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A hunt for clues in Hamburg

Olaf S died on a park bench close to St Michael’s Church, Hamburg. He was homeless and had braved sleeping out in the elements on a night when the temperature dropped below freezing. Two of his old friends, in collaboration with German street magazine Hinz&Kunzt, try to understand the circumstances of Olaf’s tragic decline.

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Hinz&Kunzt to celebrate 25th anniversary with pop-up restaurant staffed by Hamburg’s best chefs

German street paper Hinz&Kunzt turns 25 this year and, to celebrate, its team of staff and vendors are opening a pop-restaurant, Kunzt Kitchen, which will serve meals rustled up by some of Hamburg’s best chefs.

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Our vendors: Constantin (Hinz&Kunzt, Hamburg, Germany)

Constantin (60) is a vendor for Hinz&Kunzt at the REWE-Center in Dorotheenstraße. After losing his home and his family in his native country of Romania, he travelled to Germany looking for work. After finding himself sleeping rough, he turned to the German street paper for help.

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Hinz&Kunzt vendor Peter gets the send off he deserves

For Hinz&Kunzt vendor Peter, the Kiez area was his home. After his death, his colleagues, friends and neighbours honoured him with a funeral march through St. Pauli. The tour ended in the pub called Silbersack – so did Peter’s sales tours in the past.

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Our vendors: Gerald (Hinz&Kunzt, Hamburg, Germany)

Gerald is a Hinz&Kunzt vendor who sells the magazine from his pitch in front of the Haspa Spitalerstraße in Hamburg. He tells us about his difficult childhood, years spent in prison and his dreams of becoming a chef.

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INSP Awards: Discover the 2017 Best News Feature Finalists

Our top five have been chosen – see if your favourite nominee has made the cut to become a finalist!

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Our vendors: Raitis (Hinz&Kunzt, Hamburg, Germany)

Raitis (60) sells Hinz & Kunzt in front of German supermarket Edeka on Stresemannallee, Hamburg.

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Our vendors: Alexandra (Hinz&Kunzt, Hamburg, Germany)

Alexandra used to work as a street musician, travelling between Hamburg and Romania. Now she sells Hinz&Kunzt, and sees her future in Hamburg: she proudly explains that her daughter can already speak very good German.

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INSP Awards: Discover our Best News Feature Nominees for 2017

This year’s nominees for Best News Feature are in – take a look at the stories that have captured our imagination and made the longlist.

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Our vendors: Rainer (Hinz&Kunzt, Hamburg, Germany)

Rainer has always loved sailing, so after years of unstable employment he was happy to turn his hobby into a career. The boat became his home, so when his employer filed for bankruptcy he lost more than just his job. Through Hinz&Kunzt he has found new work, and hopes to one day buy his own boat.

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Our vendors: Peter (Hinz&Kunzt, Hamburg, Germany)

Ten years ago, after the collapse of his marriage, Peter became homeless. “I deliberately wanted to destroy myself,” he says. Peter’s story is one filled with loss, but thanks to Hinz&Kunzt, he now has a “brighter future”.

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Street paper hits back as Hamburg leader says homeless create “fear and disgust”

Hamburg street paper Hinz&Kunzt has hit out against a top local government official who wants to clear homeless people out of the city’s Central Station.

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October global street paper covers get scary

Between Halloween and Trump, there’s a frighteneing vibe on this month’s international street paper covers. Thank god for Street Cat Bob…

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Our vendors: Aleksas (Hinz&Kunzt, Ahrensburg, Germany)

Aleksas’ life story is spread across Europe. Born in Lithuania, now living in Germany and with a son and daughter in England, the 58-year-old is finding a way to face his challenges.

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Prophets of Rage to Bridget Jones – September street paper supporters

There’s support from big name stars featured on this month’s covers – but also stark reminders of why street papers are so necessary for homeless people.

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Olympic fever gripped world’s street papers this August

August’s street paper covers have the Olympic spirit, featuring ‘cuddly lawnmowers’, a homeless wedding, Steven Spielberg, and a cheeky little bit of rickrolling.

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Our vendors: Ion (Hinz&Kunzt, Hamburg, Germany)

Originally from Romania, Ion knows the waterways of Europe like the back of his hand, from years working on boats. He left his homeland due to corruption and heartbreak – but has found support in Germany from Hinz&Kunzt.

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Hard-hitting, striking… phizz-whizzing: it’s June’s street paper covers

A gloriumptious look at the world of Roald Dahl, a red-haired mischief-maker, a mafia flower plot and Yanis Varoufakis at the INSP Summit… explore June’s street paper covers.

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INSP Awards: best photo finalists are picture perfect

Our final five shortlisted contenders for Best Photograph at next week’s INSP Awards show the ability of street papers to offer their readers a different point of view.

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INSP Awards: best photo nominees offer insight and empathy

Featuring vendors’ makeshift homes, tender moments and even ‘knights of the country road’, the nominees for Best Photograph at the INSP Awards show the ability of street papers to offer their readers a different point of view.

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Our vendors: Rolf (Hinz&Kunzt, Hamburg, Germany)

Hinz&Kunzt vendor Rolf speaks out about his past and his hopes for the future saying “The end will come if I stay on the streets … I want to live a few more years.”

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March’s covers reveal the power of illustration

From fierce illustrations to wild covers, experience dozens of the world’s best street paper artwork from the last month.

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German vendors share in Hinz&Kunzt award triumph

German street paper Hinz&Kunzt was awarded with the prestigious Federal Cross of Merit for its work with the homeless and vulnerable people of Hamburg. Yet the paper says the award really belongs to its vendors.

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Rock gods to proud vendors: February’s street paper covers are out of this world

From rock gods to proud vendors, February’s street paper covers featured lots of fascinating and inspiring people. Explore the world’s street papers here.

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“Don’t give up” urges Hinz&Kunzt editor as she scoops major award

Birgit Mueller was honoured by local government for her tireless commitment to helping homeless and socially vulnerable people in Hamburg. She discusses her 23 years at the street paper.

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Starting 2016 with street papers: January’s covers collected

Haruki Murakami, Beyonce and Bowie all graced January editions of street papers.

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Vendor dodges frostbite and horned owl attacks in 3000km trek across Sweden

As #VendorWeek kicks off, we travel 3,000km across Sweden on foot, sleeping rough with Hinz&Kunzt vendor Torsten Meiners.

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Early birds from 10 countries snap up places at 2016 Global Street Paper Summit

Delegates from 10 countries are already registered to attend the international gathering of street papers in Athens – the only event of its kind in the world.

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Our vendors: Carmen (Hinz&Kunzt, Hamburg, Germany)

Carmen’s biggest wish is to care for her son: “Ionut should have it better in life than I had”. Selling the street paper Hinz&Kunzt has helped her secure a stable livelihood for her family. Read her story here.

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Lifting the ban on bottle collecting isn’t enough to help Hamburg’s poor

Hamburg’s Hinz&Kunzt has been successful in fighting back against a ban on collecting bottles for recycling – a vital source of income for homeless people in the city. But our real goal has to be a society in which no-one is forced to rake through rubbish.

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Milano Centrale: a resting stop for refugees

Milan’s central train station acts as a hub and temporary safe haven for floods of refugees, mainly from Syria, who seek a better life in Europe. Inside the station’s majestic marble halls, hundreds of refugees have sought food, shelter and the help of “haulers” who charge them money to travel to France, German and Sweden, as the police turn a blind eye.