Andres, Stefan

BORN 26 Jun 1906, Trittenheim, Rheinland-Pfalz: Dhrönchen - DIED 29 Jun 1970, Roma, Lazio
GRAVE LOCATION Roma, Lazio: Campo Santo Teutonico, Via di Porta Cavalleggeri

Stefan Andres was the son of a miller and he spent his first years in the Breitwiesmühle near Dhrönchen. In 1910 the family gave up the mill and moved to Schweich. He joined the Barmherzigen Brüdern von Maria Hilf in Trier and later the Armen-Brüder des heiligen Franziskus near Aachen. The charity work didn't suit him and in 1926 he took a teacher exam in Neuss. In 1928 he became the editor of the Catholic magazine Der Marienborn and he published his first stories.

He decided that he would no longer focus on theology and studied German studies, art history and philosophy in Köln, Jena and Berlin. In Jena he met his future wife Dorothee Freudiger. After his book "Bruder Lucifer" was published it earned hi a stipendium and he travelled to Italy in 1932 without completing his studies.

From 1933 onwards he fully worked as an author. His wife was Jewish and in 1937 he emigrated to Italy with her. He lived and worked in Positano until 1949. In 1950 they returned to Germany where they lived in Unkel. Soon after his return he received the Rheinischen Literaturpreis and more awards followed. He was disappointed with post war Germany and once more emigrated to Italy in 1961. In 1968 he travelled to Asia, but in 1970 he died after an operation in Rome.

He was buried af the Campo Santo Teutonico in Rome. His wife Dorothee died in 2002 and was buried beside him. His literary estate is in the German Literature Archive in Marbach.


The grave of Stefan Andres at the Campo Santo Teutonico, Rome.
Picture by Androom (25 Jan 2010)


Schriftsteller Lexikon, VEB Bibiographisches Institut Leipzig, Leipig, 1990
Stefan Andres – Wikipedia

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Published: 26 Nov 2017
Last update: 24 Feb 2022