Georg Engel in the Digital Library M-V

The writer Georg Julius Leopold Engel was born in Greifswald on October 29, 1866. He spent his youth in Breslau. After studying philosophy and history in Berlin, he worked as an art and theater critic for the Berliner Tageblatt. From 1891 he worked as a freelance writer.

On May 10, 1933, book burnings took place in several German university towns under the leadership of National Socialist students, including Greifswald. Georg Engel was one of the authors affected, as he was considered "non-Aryan" in the sense of the Nazi-state.  A memorial plaque was removed from his birthplace in Greifswald and his gravestone was knocked over in Greifswald's Elisenhain forest.

His best-known novel, Hann Klüth (1905), was translated into English in 1943 under the name The Philosopher and the Foundling. Like his collection of novellas Die Leute von Moorluke (1910), the novel is set in the Greifswald region and deals with the lively and life-affirming northern German population.

Engel wrote a total of 21 novels, short stories and novellas and 11 plays between 1894 and 1931. 

In 1931 Georg Engel died in Berlin. He did not experience the degradation of his work and his person by the National Socialists himself. His gravestone was re-erected in 1945 and can still be visited today in Greifswald's Elisenhain forest.

As Digital Library of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, we are currently digitizing Engel's works to make them accessible to interested readers. 

We hope you enjoy reading!


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