Die Zeit (pronounced, roughly, "dee tSITE") is a German nationwide weekly quality newspaper (literally translated: The Time). The publishing house is seated in Hamburg. The first edition was printed February 21, 1946.
The founding publishers were Gerd Bucerius, Lovis H. Lorenz, Richard Tüngel und Ewald Schmidt di Simoni.
Another important founder was Marion Gräfin Dönhoff, who published Die Zeit from 1972 to her death in 2002, from 1983 onwards together with Helmut Schmidt, later joined by Josef Joffe and former Minister of Culture Michael Naumann.