Hamann, Brigitte

BORN 26 May 1940, Essen, Nordrhein-Westfalen - DIED 4 Oct 2016, Wien
BIRTH NAME Deitert, Brigitte
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Grinzinger Friedhof, 19., An den langen Lüssen 33 (Gruppe 36, Reihe 5, Nummer 25)

Brigitte Deitert studied German and history in Münster and in Vienna, where she attended the standing room of the opera almost daily. After working as a journalist, in 1964 she became the editor of the Neue Ruhr Zeitung. She married the Austrian historian Professor Günther Hamann in 1965. She moved to Vienna and obtained Austrian citizenship in 1966 without giving up her German citizenship. They had three children, among them feminist and politician Sibylle Hamann. In 1978 Brigitte was promoted in Vienna by Adam Wandruszka on a thesis about crown prince Rudolph of Austria. It was published as a successful book in the same year.

This was the start of her career as a historian and she wrote several deeply researched biographies. Her book on Adolf Hitler in Vienna (1996) unveiled many new facts about Hitler and anti-Semitical Vienna and her book on Winifred Wagner (2002) offered many new insights as well. She also wrote books on empress Elisabeth (1982), Bertha von Suttner (1986) and edited a book on the letters between emperor Franz Joseph and actress Katharina Schratt (1992).

Her hushand died in 1994 and after her own death in 2016 she was buried with him in at the cemetery in Grinzing, Vienna.

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• wrote about Elisabeth von Bayern, Kaiserin von Österreich
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• wrote about Wagner-Williams, Winnifred


The grave of Brigitte Hamann at the Grinzinger Friedhof, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (16 Aug 2019)


Brigitte Hamann – Wikipedia

Hamann, Johann Georg

Published: 11 Sep 2022
Last update: 09 Dec 2023