Kästner, Erich

WRITER, POET, PUBLISHER (GERMANY)
BORN 23 Feb 1899, Dresden - DIED 29 Jul 1974, München: Neuperlach Krankenhaus
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Bogenhausener Friedhof (right wall 4a)

Erich Kästner was the son of a saddlemaker and grew up in the Königsbrücker Strasse in Dresden. In 1917 he was enlisted in the Germany army and during this period he formed his s anti-militarist opinions.

He worked at a bank and studied history, philosophy and German language in Leipzig and Berlin, leading to his promotion in Berlin in 1925 for a thesis on Frederick the Great. In Berlin he was very productive. He wrote poems, articles and reviews and in 1928 his children's book "Emil und die Detective" made him famous.

He was a pacifist and in 1933 he witnessed the burning of his own books by the nazi's. From then on he published in Switzerland. After the war he moved to Munich, where he wrote poetry and he directed magazines. In 1957 he published an autobiography. There is now a Kästnermuseum at the Antonstraße in Dresden.

Related persons
• knew Otto, Hans

Sources
• Moerman, Josien (ed.), Lexicon Internationale Auteurs, Het Spectrum, Utrecht, 1985
Schriftsteller Lexikon, VEB Bibiographisches Institut Leipzig, Leipig, 1990
Süddeutsche Zeitung (Internet)
• Benz, Wolfgang/Hermann, Biographisches Lexicon zur Weimarer Republik, Beck, München, 1988
Baedeker Dresden, 1996

Images

The grave of Erich Kästner at the Bogenhausener Friedhof, Munich.
Picture by Androom (24 Aug 1996)

 


Kastner, Léonie

Published: 11 Oct 2008
Last update: 18 Jul 2010