Stramm, August

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Stramm, August Gender: M
August Albert Bernhard Stramm
born on 29 July 1874 at 02:00 (= 02:00 AM )
Place Münster (Nordrhein-Westf.), Germany, 51n57, 7e37
Timezone LMT m7e37 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 05°43' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 03°58 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 08°53'

August Stramm


German poet and playwright, considered one of the first of the expressionists. He also served in the German Army and was killed in action during World War I.

He worked in the German Post Office Ministry as a young man and served his mandatory year of duty in the German Army in 1896–1897. After this, he travelled to the United States several times over the next few years before settling in Berlin. In 1912-1913, he wrote two plays, Sancta Susanna (which was subsequently used as a libretto for an early opera by Hindemith) and Die Haidebraut, the first of many to appear before the war.

Stramm was also a reservist in the German Army and had achieved the rank of Captain, the highest available to civilians. He was called to active duty when war broke out in August 1914. In January 1915, Stramm was awarded the Iron Cross (Second Class) for his service in France. Later that year, he was sent to the Eastern Front, where he served as Company Leader, later being promoted to Battalion Commander. He was killed in hand-to-hand combat in Horodec near Kobryn (today Belarus) on 1 September 1915, aged 41.

He was discovered by the critic, editor, and impresario Herwarth Walden, who went on to publish all of Stramm's poems in his journal Der Sturm (The Storm). A collection of Stramm's poems, titled You, was published whilst Stramm was at the front in 1915 and a second, Dripping Blood, was published after his death in 1919. He became a major influence on the poets of the so-called Sturm-Kreis (Storm Circle) which included Otto Nebel and Franz Richard Behrens.

English translations of poems by Stramm were published by Patrick Bridgwater (August Stramm, 22 Poems, 1969) and Jeremy Adler (Tim Cross, The Lost Voices of World War I, 1988).

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  • Death by War or Terrorism 1 September 1915 (Hand-to-hand combat, age 41)
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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes from Das Werk by August Stramm (Limes, 1963), p. 401: "[I]n Münster in Westfalen . . . In diesem Hause wurde am 29. Juli 1874, um 2 Uhr 00 August Albert Bernhard, der zukünftige Dichter geboren. Am 3. August erhielt er - im Beisein der Taufpaten August Klein (Höcker und Wirt) und der schon genannten Dina Becker - in der Kirche St.Lamberti die katholische Taufe."

Translation: In Münster in Westphalia ... In this house was born on 29 July 1874, at 2 o'clock [AM], August Albert Bernhard, the future poet. On 3 August he received - in the presence of the godfather August Klein (hump and host) and the aforementioned Dina Becker - in the church of St. Lamberti the Catholic baptism.


  • Vocation : Military : Honors (Iron Cross, Second Class)
  • Vocation : Military : Killed (Hand-to-hand combat)
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (Army captain)
  • Vocation : Politics : Postal service
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet