Voigt-Diederichs, Helene Theodora

BORN 26 May 1875, Marienhof, Schleswig-Holstein (near Eckernförde) - DIED 31 Dec 1961, Jena, Thüringen
GRAVE LOCATION Jena, Thüringen: Nordfriedhof, Hufelandweg 4 (Feld 11, Erbbegr. Nr. 17/18)

Helene Voight was the pretty daughter of the landowner Christian Theodor Voigt (1835-1887). Her first work "Schleswig Holsteiner Landleute" was completed in 1897 and in that year her correspondence with Hermann Hesse started. During a trip to Italy she met the publisher Eugen Diederichs in Florence. They married in 1898 and in 1904 they settled in Jena, where their house was a meeting point for intellectuals. They had four children, but her affairs with the philosopher Max Scheler and the painter Erich Kuithan destroyed their marriage in 1908 and in 1911 they were divorced.

For a short time she lived in Weimar and then she moved to Braunschweig. With her English companion Stafford Hatfield she travelled to the Pyrenees and in England and she used her experiences for "Wandertage in England" (1912) and "Zwischen Himmel und Steinen" (1919). When Hartfield was imprisoned during the First World War her former husband gave her the care for their sons Jürgen and Niels. After Diederichs died in 1930 she returned to Jena in 1931.

She published numerous works about the lives of farmers' wives and the nazis liked her work. She never joined the NSDAP but in 1944 Goebbels and Hitler included her in the Gottbegnadeten list, the list of artists that were important to the regime. She died in Jena in 1961.

• Husband: Diederichs, Eugen (1898-1911)

Related persons
• corresponded with Hesse, Hermann


The grave of Helene Voigt-Diederichs at the Nordfriedhof, Jena.
Picture by Androom (02 Aug 2016)


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Published: 10 Feb 2019
Last update: 20 Apr 2022