Seidel, Ina

BORN 15 Sep 1885, Halle an der Saale, Sachsen-Anhalt - DIED 3 Oct 1974, Ebenhausen, Bayern (near München)
BIRTH NAME Seidel, Ina
GRAVE LOCATION Tutzing, Bayern: Neuer Friedhof, Heinrich-Vogl-strasse

Ina Seidel was born in Halle but she grew up in Braunschweig. Her father was the director of the local hospital. He committed suicide in 1895 after an intrigue by colleagues against him. The family moved to Marburg and later to Munich. She married her cousin, the author Heinrich Wolfgang Seidel in 1907. In 1919 their son George Seidel was born (he would use the pen name Christian Ferber).

In 1930 her most important novel "Das Wunschkind" was published. She was elected into the Prussian Academy of arts at the same time as Gottfried Benn, being the second woman ever (Ricarda Huch was the first) to enter that institution. She appreciated the worship of Hitler that she described in a song as 'des Volkes Herz' ('the heart of the people'). In 1939 she congratulated him with his 50th birthday and in 1944 Hitler personally put her on a list of the six most important contemporary authors. Her sister Annemarie Seidel (1895-1959) was an actress.


The grave of Heinrich Wolfgang Seidel and Ida Seidel at the Neuer Friedhof, Tutzing.
Picture by Androom (23 Aug 2011)


The grave of Ina Seidel at the Neuer Friedhof, Tutzing.
Picture by Androom (23 Aug 2011)


Seidel-Dittmarsch, Siegfried

Published: 24 Nov 2011
Last update: 08 Mar 2022