BORN 11 Mar 1915, Hannover, Niedersachsen - DIED 21 Jun 1999, Darmstadt, Hessen|
GRAVE LOCATION Hannover, Niedersachsen: Stadtfriedhof Engesohde, Orli-Wald-Allee 2 (Abteilung 13, Nummer 125 b - 125 c (ashes))
Karl Krolow came from a family of civil servants. He grew up in Hanover and studied at the Universities of Göttingen and Breslau. In 1934 he joined the Hitler Jugend and in 1937 the NSDAP. In 1940 he started writing poems for the Krakauer Zeitung, a nazi propaganda paper. In 1942 he settled in Göttingen and in 1943/1944 he wrote for "Das Reich". However, his work was non political. In 1943 he published his first book, "Hochgelobtes, gutes Leben".
In 1952 he moved to Hanover and in 1956 to Darmstadt, where he lived for the rest of his live. After the war he became an important literary figure and he won the Georg-Büchner Prize (1956), the Großen Niedersächsischen Kunstpreis (1965) and many more prizes. Apart from writing his own poetry and critical essays he translated French and Spanish works into German. From 1972 to 1975 he was president of the Deutschen Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung.