|WRITER, JOURNALIST (GERMANY)|
BORN 20 Jan 1915, Berlin - DIED 12 Apr 1972, Hamburg|
BIRTH NAME Marek, Kurt Wilhelm
GRAVE LOCATION Hamburg: Ohlsdorfer Friedhof, Fühlsbüttler Strasse 756 (AB4 (71-75))
C.W. Ceram's real name was Kurt Marek. He wrote under an anagram of his name because he didn't want to be associated with his earlier work that was written during the Third Reich.
During the Second World War he wrote propaganda material like "Narvik" (1941) and "Von den Kanonieren des Reichsmarschalls" (1943). In 1944 he was in an Italian hospital where he decided to write a 'novel of archeologists'. After a period of imprisonment he was released in 1945 and in that year he started working on the book in Oldenburg, where he obtained his knowledge of archeology from the library in that city. The book, "Götter, Gräber Und Gelehrten" (1949, "Gods, graves and scholars"), was instrumental in the popularization of archeology and sold over five million copies.
From 1947 onwards he was chief lector for Rowohlt Verlag and in 1953 he moved to the USA. He died in 1972 in Hamburg. His widow Hannelore was still alive in 2003 and lived in Hamburg.
Aubert, Joachim, Handbuch der Grabstätten berühmter Deutscher, Österreicher und Schweizer, Deutscher Kunstverlag, München, 1975