Bodo Uhse

Uhse, Bodo


Born Mar. 12,1904, in Rastatt; died July 2,1963, in Berlin. German writer (German Democratic Republic). Member of the Academy of Arts of the German Democratic Republic (1955). Member of the Communist Party of Germany from 1932.

The son of an officer, Uhse emigrated in 1933. From 1936 to 1938 he served as commissar of one of the international brigades in Spain. After 1938 he lived in the USA and Mexico and contributed to the antifascist newspaper Freies Deutschland. He returned to his homeland in 1948 and served as chairman of the Writers’ Union of the German Democratic Republic from 1950 to 1952.

Uhse began his literary career with the autobiographical novel The Mercenary and the Soldier (1935) and a book of essays on Spain, The First Battle (1938; Russian translation, 1942). Uhse’s most significant works are the novels Lieutenant Bertram (1944) and The Patriots (1954) and the short stories and novellas in the collections Saint Kunigunde in the Snow (1949) and The Bridge (1952). Uhse’s prose combined the traditions of H. von Kleist with the author’s experience in publicism and journalism. Uhse received the National Prize of the German Democratic Republic in 1954.


In Russian translation:
Iskry vo mgle. Moscow, 1960.


Zegers, A. “Osnovnye voprosy sovremennoi nemetskoi literatury.” Innostrannaia literatura, 1956, no. 3.
Fradkin, I. M. Literatura novoi Germanii. Moscow, 1961.
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En el area del conocimiento destaca la participacion de Alexander Abusch, Georg Stibi, Walter Janka, Bodo Uhse, Rudolf Feistmann, Laszlo Radvanyi y Anna Seghers, como catedraticos de la Universidad Obrera de Mexico.
Diaz Perez analiza algunos ensayos de Anna Seghers sobre el muralismo, asi como un cuento del escritor aleman Bodo Uhse, donde se ficcionaliza el proceso de creacion, inauguracion y recepcion del polemico, para la burguesia de la epoca, Sueno de una tarde dominical en la Alameda Central (1946-1947), de Diego Rivera.
Notable contributions by the printmakers, among the most prominent of which was Leopoldo Mendez, whose Deportacion a la muerte (Deportation to Death), (3) illustrated in the book, has been called one of the earliest depictions of the Holocaust outside Europe, and by such emigre authors as Anna Seghers, Bodo Uhse and Egon Erwin Kisch, all members of the editorial committee, demonstrate significant elements in an influential stage of their creators' careers, termed by art historian Peter Chametzky as the " 'pre-history' of the German Democratic Republic.
Not true: my stepfather, Bodo Uhse, had never formally adopted me.
Egon Erwin Kisch, Bodo Uhse, and Ludwig Renn, once famous for their exploits in the Spanish Civil War and elsewhere, are not so well known now.