Strauss und Torney, Lulu von

BORN 20 Sep 1873, Bückeburg, Niedersachsen - DIED 19 Jun 1956, Jena, Thüringen
GRAVE LOCATION Jena, Thüringen: Nordfriedhof, Hufelandweg 4 (Feld 11, Erbbegr. Nr. 17/18)

Lulu von Strauss und Torney was the daughter of the military officer Lothar von Strauß und Torney (1835-1903). In 1898 she published her first poems and in 1901 her short novel "Bauernstolz" was published. She came into contact with the Göttinger Kreis around the poet Börries Freiherr von Münchhausen and she became close friends with Agnes Miegel and Theodor Heuss. She published several novels about peasants before the First World War. In 1916 she married the publisher Eugen Diederichs and she lived with him in Jena. Under his influence she concentrated on religious themes and fairytales.

Her early peasant novels were favoured by the nazis and this was helped by the fact that she took the pledge of loyal allegiance to Adolf Hitler in 1933. She collaborated on "Die Botschaft Gottes", a nazi version of the New Testament that was published in 1940. In 1943 she received the Goethe medallion as well as the Gaukulturpreis Westfalen-Nord. She died in 1956 in Jena.

• Husband: Diederichs, Eugen (1916-1937, Bückeburg, Niedersachsen)


The grave of Eugen Diederichs and Lulu Strauss und Torney at the Nordfriedhof, Jena.
Picture by Androom (02 Aug 2016)


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Published: 10 Feb 2019
Last update: 20 Apr 2022