Wahl, Hans

BORN 28 Jul 1885, Burkersdorf, Thüringen - DIED 18 Feb 1949, Weimar, Thüringen
CAUSE OF DEATH heart attack
GRAVE LOCATION Weimar, Thüringen: Historischer Friedhof (Alter Friedhof, Neuer Friedhof, Friedhof vor dem Frauentor), Poseckscher Garten (Ehrengräberfeld)

Hans Wahl attended the Wilhelm-Ernst-Gymnasium in Weimar and studied history, philosophy and Germna studies in Jena, Munich and Berlin. In 1918 he succeeded Wolfgang von Oettingen as the director of the Goethe-Nationalmuseum in Weimar. In 1925 he obtained a professorship.

In 1928 he became co-director of the Goethe-Schiller-Archiv in Weimar. He may have been one of the founding members of the antisemitical Kampfbund für deutsche Kultur, but this is disputed.

From 1936 to 1949 he published the Goethe Yearbook. He joined the SDAP in 1937 and became a councilor of the city of Weimar. He was also chairman of the Herder-Stiftung. After the war he cooperated with the Soviets and held his position. From 1946 to 1949 he was also responsible for the Nietzsche-Archiv. In the middle of the preparations for the Goethe year 1949 he died of a severe heart attack.

The street in front of the Goethe-Schiller-Archiv was named after him shortly after his death, but in 2015 it was decided to change the name to Über dem Kegeltore.


The grave of Hans Wahl at the Friedhof vor dem Frauentor, Weimar.
Picture by Androom (01 Aug 2016)


Hans Wahl (Germanist) – Wikipedia

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Published: 25 Nov 2017
Last update: 20 Apr 2022