Walter von Molo

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Molo, Walter von


Born June 14, 1880, in Sternberk, Moravia; died Oct. 27, 1958, in Murnau, Upper Bavaria. German writer (Federal Republic of Germany).

Molo was born into a noble family. After 1933 he lived in seclusion on his estate. In his novels How They Became Masters of Their Fate (1906) and Dead Existence (1912), Molo presented scenes of dismal bourgeois reality. He was the author of novels about Luther, Schiller, and von Kleist. His novel God’s Apes (1950) deals with the threat of atomic war. Molo edited the selected works of foreign authors, including N. V. Gogol.


Gesammelte Werke, 3 vols. Munich, 1924.
Wo ich Frieden fand: Erlebnisse und Erinnerungen. Munich [1959].


V. Z.“Val’ter fon Molo: ’Narod probuzhdaetsia.’” [Review.] Sovremennyi zapad, 1924, book 1.
Grosser, J. F. G. Die grosse Kontroverse: Ein Briefwechsel urn Deutsch-land. Hamburg [1963].
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Elsewhere, the 'Grosse Kontroverse' between Walter von Molo, Thomas Mann, and Frank Thiess gets aired rather a lot, with one whole essay (Leonore Krenzlin) devoted to it, and many other passing mentions, but perhaps that merely shows how large this inflated 'Schriftstellerstreit' loomed at the time and for decades after in the Federal Republic.
But exile was not the option chosen by dramatists and writers who remained in the Reich (for example, Gerhard Hauptmann, Georg Kaiser, Ernst Wiechert, Richard Strauss, William Furtwangler, Ricarda Huch, Hans Carossa, Gottfried Benn, Ernst Junger, and Walter von Molo), and even after the War writers such as Frank Thiess claimed that their presence in the Reich was an expression of the unique exile known as Die Innere Emigration (Inward Emigration)--a status which Theatre under the Nazis, unfortunately, only suggests.
Walter von Molo had been a very prominent literary figure in the Weimar Republic and his enormously influential history of Frederick the Great had been written as early as 1918.