|JOURNALIST, POLITICAL AGITATOR, PLAYWRIGHT (GERMANY)|
BORN 23 Mar 1868, Neumarkt, Oberpfalz (near Nürnberg) - DIED 26 Dec 1923, Berchtesgaden, Bayern|
GRAVE LOCATION Berchtesgaden, Bayern: Alter Friedhof, Baumgarten Allee
Dietrich Eckart grew up without his mother and was hardly looked
upon by his father. He visited several schools and in 1891 he
ended his Medicine Studies in Erlangen without finishing them.
In 1893 his father died and he inherited a significant amount
of money. After he was treated for a morphine addiction he worked
as a journalist and as a theatre critic. He lived in Leipzig,
Berlin and Regensburg. In 1899 he was broke and returned to
Berlin. There he was supported by theatre manager Georg von
Hülsen-Haeseler but still he failed as a poet and as a dramatist.|
From 1907 to 1913 he lived with his brother and in 1913 he married the rich Rosa Marx-Wiedeburg. In 1915 they went to Munich where he founded the Hoheneichen publishing house. In 1919 he was among the founders of the NSDAP and he became Hitlers friend and mentor. He als introduced Rosenberg to Hitler. In 1921 he became editor in chief of the Völkischen Beobachter. During the same year he divorced his wife. He was arrested after the Hitler putsch but when he suffered a severe heart attack he was released from prison. Six days later he died of a second heart attack in Berchtesgaden.
Hitler dedicated Mein Kampf to him (and other people). The Waldbühne in Berlin was named after him after its construction in 1936. His grave can still be found in Berchtesgaden.
Aubert, Joachim, Handbuch der Grabstätten berühmten Deutscher, Österreicher und Schweizer, Deutscher Kunstverlag, München, 1973