Molo, Walter von
|Birthname||Walter Reichsritter von Molo|
|born on||14 June 1880 at 00:30 (= 12:30 AM )|
|Place||Sternberk, Czech Republic, 49n44, 17e18|
|Timezone||LST m14e26 (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||23°15' 00°17 Asc. 06°43'|
Czech-born Austrian writer. His first works, published during and shortly after the war, were bestsellers, and he quickly became one of the most popular of all German-speaking authors of the first half of the century. The books included biographies of Friedrich Schiller, Frederick the Great, and Prince Eugen, as well as novels such as Ein Volk wacht auf ("A People Awakes", 1918–21).
Molo was a founding member of the German PEN Club, and also, in 1926, of the Prussian Academy of Arts. From 1928 to 1930 he was chairman of the poetry section. Molo remained a member of the academy after its purging of Jewish members, and on 15 March 1933 he signed a declaration pledging loyalty to the Nazi leaders.
He died on 27 October 1958 at Hechendorf (now Murnau am Staffelsee).
Sy Scholfield quotes from "Walter von Molo - der Ingenieur" by Eva Reineke, in "Aus dem Antiquariat," 2005, issue 5, pp. 374-378: "Walter von Molo wurde in der Nacht vom 13. auf den 14. Juni 1880 um halb ein Uhr nach Mitternacht geboren. >Meine gute Mama hatte nach einem Jagdaufenthalt zu Sternberg in Mähren bis halb zwölf Uhr in der Nacht getanzt, sonst wäre ich am dreizehnten, einem -Unglückstag- zur Welt gekommen> hält Walter von Molo in seinen Erinnerungen fest" (p. 375).
Translation: Walter von Molo was born on the night of 13 to 14 June 1880 at half an hour after midnight. "My good mama danced in the night until half past eleven o'clock during a hunting stay at Sternberg in Moravia, otherwise I would have been born on the thirteenth, an unlucky day," writes Walter von Molo in his memoirs.
- Vocation : Writers : Biographer
- Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novelist)