Grünberg, Karl

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Grünberg, Karl


Born Nov. 5, 1891, in Berlin. German author (German Democratic Republic). Member of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany.

In the 1920’s, as a member of the Communist Party of Germany, Grünberg worked on the newspaper Rote Fahne (Red Banner) and was secretary of the Union of Revolutionary Proletarian Writers. In 1928 he published the novel The Blazing Ruhr (Russian translation, 1929) about the struggle of the German proletariat. He was confined in a Nazi concentration camp and then, when free, took part in the German antifascist resistance. After the collapse of the fascist regime he published the novel Quartet of Shadows (1948) drawn from German working-class life in the 19th century. He is the author of plays about the working class of the GDR (The Steel Flows Like Gold, 1949, and Electrodes, 1954); the novel Gloria Victoria (1960), which unmasks the treacherous policy of the ruling clique in the German Social Democratic Party during World War I; and a book of sketches on the USSR, called From the Taiga to the Caucasus (1970). Grünberg received the National Prize of the GDR (1953).


Mit der Zeitlupe durch die Weimarer Republik. Berlin. 1960.
Der Goldschatz in der Taiga. Berlin, 1961.
Die Getreuen von Galgenberg. Berlin, 1965.
In Russian translation:
Pobeg izotelia “Edem.” Moscow, 1964.


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