Zech, Paul

BORN 19 Feb 1881, Briesen, Westpreussen (now: Wabrezno, Poland) - DIED 7 Sep 1946, Buenos Aires
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Friedhof Schöneberg III, 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 successfully 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 nazis 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.


The grave of Paul and Rudolf Zech at the Dritte Schöneberger Friedhof, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (15 Nov 2004)


• Hammer, Klaus, Historische Friedhöfe & Grabmäler in Berlin, Stattbuch Verlag, Berlin, 1994
Paul Zech – Wikipedia

Zemlinsky, Alexander von

Published: 28 Mar 2010
Last update: 03 Jan 2022