Briefs, Götz

BORN 1 Jan 1889, Eschweiler, Nordrhein-Westfalen - DIED 16 May 1974, Roma, Lazio
CAUSE OF DEATH fall (consequences of)
GRAVE LOCATION Roma, Lazio: Campo Santo Teutonico, Via di Porta Cavalleggeri

Goetz Briefs studied philosophy and history in Munich, Bonn and Freiburg. In 1919 he became a Professor for economics in Freiburg and in 1921 he moved to the University of Würzburg. In 1923 he went back to Freiburg and in 1926 he was appointed at the Technische Hochschule in Berlin.

After the nazis came to power he lost his position and emigrated to the USA, where he taught in Washington. He was widowed during the Second World War and in 1946 he married Elinor Castendyk, known for her translations of Romano Guardini. After they retired, they lied in Virginia, where they visited the Trappist monastery Holy Cross Abbey daily.

He was influencial on the social teachings of the Catholic Church and Pope Pius XI used his writings. During a visit to Pope Paul VI he fell from the steps leading to Saint Peter's Plaza. He died soon afterwards and was buried at the Campo Santo Teutonico next to the Saint Peter Church.


The grave of Götz Briefs at the Campo Santo Teutonico, Rome.
Picture by Androom (25 Jan 2010)


Götz Briefs - Wikipedia

Brierley, David

Published: 26 Nov 2017
Last update: 24 Feb 2022