|RACONTEUR, PLAYWRIGHT (GERMANY)|
BORN 19 Feb 1881, Briesen, Westpreussen (now: Wabrezno, Poland) - DIED 7 Sep 1946, Buenos Aires|
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Dritte Schöneberger Friedhof, Stubenrauchstraße 43-45 (23-49/51 (ashes))
Paul Zech was the son of a teacher. In 1909 he debuted with "Das
schwarze Revier", a volume of poetry. In 1912 he moved from
Sauerland to Berlin and from 1913 to 1920 he was co-publisher
of "Das neue Pathos". During the First World War he joined the
army, but his initial enthousiasm soon faded away. In 1916 he
was wounded and afterwards he had a desk job. In 1918 he received
the Kleist Prize.|
During the Weimar Republic he wrote under the pseudonyms Paul Robert and Timm Borah. His play "Das trunkene Schiff" (1926), a romanticized biography of Rimbaud, was succesfully staged by Erwin Piscator. In 1929 he was removed from the writers guild because of plagiarism.
In 1933 he fled to Prague and Paris and then settled in Argentina. He was no friend of the nazi's and it was discovered that he had stolen 2.000 books from the city library of Berlin where he worked as an assistant librarian. He died in Buenos Aires in 1946. Hid ashes were buried in Berlin in 1971.
Paul Zech â€“ Wikipedia
Hammer, Klaus, Historische Friedhöfe & Grabmäler in Berlin, Stattbuch Verlag, Berlin, 1994