Grimm, Hans

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Grimm, Hans Gender: M
Hans Emil Wilhelm Grimm
born on 22 March 1875 at 05:30 (= 05:30 AM )
Place Wiesbaden, Germany, 50n05, 8e14
Timezone LMT m8e14 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Astrodienst
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 01°11' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 03°34 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 11°43'

Hans Grimm (1935)
photo: Unknown, license cc-by-sa-3.0-de


German writer. Shy and reclusive as a child, Hans Grimm showed an interest and aptitude for writing and in 1894 started to study Literature and French at the University of Lausanne. Under pressure from his father, however, he left university in 1895 and went into business, working for a German company in Great Britain (in Nottingham and London), and then in the British-ruled Cape Colony (in Port Elizabeth and East London), where he also rented a small farm. Although his South African sojourn lasted only fourteen years, from 1897 to 1911, it had a profound effect on him: with few minor exceptions all his literary work — several collections of short stories and novels — is set in Southern Africa.

His most famous novel is Volk ohne Raum (1926). The programmatic title "A people without space" indicates Grimm's belief that Germany's problems, exacerbated by defeat in the First World War, were caused by its lack of space at home or in overseas colonies: individuals, and therefore the nation, were unable to develop to their fullest potential. The novel established him as one of Germany's leading writers and demonstrated clearly his political sympathies with the political Right in Weimar Germany, and the title became a popular slogan of the National Socialist movement.

Grimm was a supporter of the Nazis, believing that only they could restore German national dignity and economic and political stability, but his relationship with the Party — of which he never formally became a member — became increasingly strained, as he fell out of sympathy with the illegality of its methods. In 1938 Grimm was threatened with imprisonment by Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels and withdrew from public life.

He died on 27 September 1959 in Lippoldsberg.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1926 (published novel Volk ohne Raum)

Source Notes

A.v.V. provided postcard from daughter Holle Grimm, which quotes mother's diary.

Sy Scholfield quotes same time from Hans Grimm in Leben in Erwartung: meine Jugend by him (Klosterhaus-Verlag, 1952), p. 29: "Ich, der älteste Sohn meiner Eltern, wurde am 22. März 1875 morgens um ½6 Uhr am Geburtstag des alten Kaisers geboren, den beide Eltern hoch verehrten."

Translation: I, the eldest son of my parents, was born on 22 March 1875 at 5:30 in the morning on the birthday of the old Emperor [Kaiser Wilhelm I], whom both parents greatly revered.


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 84)
  • Vocation : Politics : Activist/ political
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession (One of Germany's leading writers)