Famous German Non-Fiction Writers

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 1 Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 15, 1844
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Röcken, Lützen, Germany
Died: August 25, 1900

German philosopher, cultural critic, composer, and poet Friedrich Nietzsche has had a profound influence on modern intellectual history. He held the Chair of Classical Philology at the University of Basel. His work spanned philosophical polemics, poetry, cultural criticism, and fiction. He suffered from numerous health problems from a young age and died at the age of 55.

 2 Hannah Arendt

Hannah Arendt
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 14, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Linden - Mitte, Hanover, Germany
Died: December 4, 1975

Hannah Arendt was a political theorist. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most prominent political thinkers, Hannah Arendt's articles and books have had a significant influence on philosophy and political theory. Her life and work inspired the 2012 biographical drama film, Hannah Arendt. Her work has also inspired several biographies written by popular authors.

 3 Philipp Lahm

Philipp Lahm
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: November 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
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 4 Martin Schulz

Martin Schulz
Famous As: Politician, Bookseller, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: December 20, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Eschweiler

 5 Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wuppertal, Germany

 6 Gerhard Schröder

Gerhard Schröder
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blomberg, Free State of Lippe, Nazi Germany

Gerhard Schröder is a German retired lawyer, politician, lobbyist, and consultant. From 1998 to 2005, Schröder served as the chancellor of Germany. He is currently serving as chairman of the popular energy company Rosneft. An influential figure, Gerhard Schröder has represented Germany on a couple of occasions, including the funeral services for Fidel Castro and Boris Yeltsin. 

 7 Sigmar Gabriel

Sigmar Gabriel
Famous As: Politician, Teacher, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: September 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Goslar
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 8 Heinrich Böll

Heinrich Böll
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 21, 1917
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
Died: July 16, 1985

Nobel Prize-winning German author Heinrich Böll refused to join the Nazi youth wing and became a bookseller’s apprentice instead. However, he fought for the German Army later. He is best remembered for his works such as The Clown and The Silent Angel, revolving around themes of war.

 9 Ernst Jünger

Ernst Jünger
Famous As: Soldier, Author, Entomologist, Philosopher
Birthdate: March 29, 1895
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany
Died: February 17, 1998

Though Ernst Jünger was part of the German Army in both the World Wars, he was against the Nazi dictatorship and was accused of being involved in a plot to kill Hitler. He authored the diary-novel The Storm of Steel and also made a mark as an entomologist.

 10 Karl Haushofer

Karl Haushofer
Famous As: Geopolitician, Political scientist, Educationist, Officer, University teacher, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: August 27, 1869
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Munich
Died: March 10, 1946

 11 Joschka Fischer

Joschka Fischer
Famous As: Politician, Non-fiction writer, Lobbyist, Athletics competitor, Business consultant, University teacher
Birthdate: April 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gerabronn

 12 Katrin Himmler

Katrin Himmler
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: 1967 AD
Birthplace: Dinslaken, Germany

 13 Thomas Gottschalk

Thomas Gottschalk
Famous As: Radio host
Birthdate: May 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bamberg, Germany

 14 Ursula Kuczynski

Ursula Kuczynski
Famous As: Spy
Birthdate: May 15, 1907
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany
Died: July 7, 2000

 15 Bert Hellinger

Bert Hellinger
Famous As: Pedagogy, Non-fiction writer, Catholic priest, Psychologist
Birthdate: December 16, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leimen

 16 Kurt von Tippelskirch

Kurt von Tippelskirch
Famous As: Military personnel, Military historian, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: October 9, 1891
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Charlottenburg
Died: May 10, 1957

 17 Ernst Nolte

Ernst Nolte
Famous As: Former Philosopher, Historian known for Articulating a theory of generic fascism as “resistance to transcendence”
Birthdate: January 11, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Witten, Germany
Died: August 18, 2016

Ernst Nolte was a German philosopher and historian. Nolte taught modern history from 1973 to 1991 at the Free University of Berlin. He is best remembered for his work Fascism in Its Epoch, which became a popular book upon its publication in 1963. Over the course of his illustrious career, Nolte received many awards, such as the Konrad Adenauer Prize.

 18 Dietrich von Hildebrand

Dietrich von Hildebrand
Famous As: Philosopher and religious writer.
Birthdate: October 12, 1889
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: January 26, 1977

Named the 20th Century Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XII, Dietrich von Hildebrand was a well-known Catholic philosopher who criticized the Second Vatican Council’s church reforms. Known for works such as Transformation in Christ: On the Christian Attitude, he was part of the phenomenological and continental philosophical school.

 19 Bruno Taut

Bruno Taut
Famous As: Expressionist architect who became known for the Glass Pavilion at the Cologne Werkbund Exhibition of 1914
Birthdate: May 4, 1880
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Konigsberg, Germany
Died: December 24, 1938

 20 Alexander von Kluck

Alexander von Kluck
Famous As: General
Birthdate: May 20, 1846
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingdom of Prussia, German Confederation
Died: October 19, 1934

 21 Felix Hoffmann

Felix Hoffmann
Famous As: Chemist, Inventor, Pharmacist, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: January 21, 1868
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ludwigsburg
Died: February 8, 1946

Felix Hoffmann was a German chemist best remembered for re-synthesizing diamorphine, which was later popularized as heroin. Hoffmann is also known for synthesizing aspirin, although it is still unclear whether he synthesized it on his own or under the direction of Arthur Eichengrün. In 2002, Felix Hoffmann was inducted into the US National Inventors Hall of Fame. 

 22 Hermann Detzner

Hermann Detzner
Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: October 16, 1882
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Speyer, Bavarian Palatinate, German Empire
Died: December 1, 1970

 23 Ernest Mandel

Ernest Mandel
Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: April 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: July 20, 1995

Ernest Mandel was a Belgian Trotskyist activist and theorist, Marxian economist, and Holocaust survivor. During the German occupation of Belgium, Mandel fought against the Nazis in the underground resistance. He served as an editor of Het Vrije Woord, an underground newspaper during the Second World War. During his life, Mandel published some 30 books and 2,000 articles in various languages.

 24 Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz

Colmar Freiherr von der Goltz
Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: August 12, 1843
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ivanovka, Russia
Died: April 19, 1916

 25 Jan Assmann

Jan Assmann
Famous As: Egyptologist
Birthdate: July 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Langelsheim, Germany

 26 Konstantin von Tischendorf

Konstantin von Tischendorf
Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: January 18, 1815
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saxony, Germany
Died: December 7, 1874

Although best remembered for his discovery of the world's oldest handwritten Bible, known as Codex Sinaiticus or Sinai Bible, Konstantin Von Tischendorf, a renowned Biblical scholar, worked chiefly on recension of the New Testament text. A prolific writer making extensive contributions to biblical textual criticism, he is today best known for his magnum opus, Critical Edition of the New Testament.

 27 Hugh of Saint Victor

Hugh of Saint Victor
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1096 AD
Birthplace: Saxony, Germany
Died: February 11, 1141

Best remembered for establishing the tradition of mysticism at Saint-Victor Abbey in Paris, Hugh of Saint Victor was an eminent twelfth century philosopher, theologian and mystical writer. Author of several renowned works including The Sacraments of the Christian Faith; he was an ardent upholder of secular learning, writing a comprehensive early encyclopedia, holding that art and philosophy can serve theology.  

 28 Wilhelm Schickard

Wilhelm Schickard
Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: April 22, 1592
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Herrenberg, Germany
Died: October 24, 1635

 29 Peter Binsfeld

Peter Binsfeld
Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: 1545 AD
Birthplace: Binsfeld, Germany
Died: November 24, 1598

Born to a farmer, Peter Binsfeld grew up to be a bishop. He was also a witch hunter and was known for his classification of demons, which paired each of the seven deadly sins with a particular demon. He was one of the main figures behind the Trier witch trials.

 30 Friedrich Hund

Friedrich Hund
Famous As: Physicist, University teacher, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: February 4, 1896
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Karlsruhe
Died: March 31, 1997

 31 Adolf Franz Friedrich, Freiherr von Knigge

Adolf Franz Friedrich, Freiherr von Knigge
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 16, 1752
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bredenbeck, Germany
Died: May 6, 1796

 32 Claus Schilling

Claus Schilling
Famous As: Former tropical medicine specialist who participated in the Nazi human experiments at the Dachau concentration camp during World War II
Birthdate: July 5, 1871
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: May 28, 1946

 33 Uschi Glas

Uschi Glas
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Landau an der Isar, Bavaria, Germany

 34 Hildebrand Gurlitt

Hildebrand Gurlitt
Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: September 15, 1895
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dresden, German Empire
Died: November 9, 1956

 35 Heinrich Zimmer

Heinrich Zimmer
Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: December 6, 1890
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greifswald, German Empire
Died: March 20, 1943

 36 Alfred Kerr

Alfred Kerr
Famous As: Theatre critic
Birthdate: December 25, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: October 12, 1948

 37 Willi Schmid

Willi Schmid
Famous As: Music Critic
Birthdate: April 12, 1893
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Weilheim in Oberbayern, Germany
Died: June 30, 1934

 38 Sybille Bedford

Sybille Bedford
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 16, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Charlottenburg, Germany
Died: February 17, 2006

 39 Hans-Werner Sinn

Hans-Werner Sinn
Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: March 7, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brake, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Hans-Werner Sinn is a German economist best known for his association with the Ifo Institute for Economic Research where he served as the president from 1999 to 2016. Apart from serving on the advisory council of the German economy ministry, Hans-Werner Sinn is also currently serving as Professor Emeritus of Public Finance and Economics at the University of Munich.   

 40 Eugen Dühring

Eugen Dühring
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: January 12, 1833
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: September 21, 1921

A strong supporter of positivism and a critic of Marxism, German philosopher Eugen Dühring was also a qualified lawyer. An eye ailment which took away his sight in the end made him quit law and focus on philosophy instead. A fine writer, too, he penned books such as Capital und Arbeit.

 41 Franz Mehring

Franz Mehring
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 27, 1846
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Slawno, Poland
Died: January 28, 1919

 42 Rudolf Erich Raspe

Rudolf Erich Raspe
Famous As: Librarian
Birthdate: February 29, 1736
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hannover, Germany
Died: November 1, 1794

 43 Paul Schmidt

Paul Schmidt
Famous As: Interpreter
Birthdate: June 23, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: April 21, 1970

 44 Karl Richard Lepsius

Karl Richard Lepsius
Famous As: Egyptologist
Birthdate: December 23, 1810
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Naumburg, Germany
Died: July 10, 1884

 45 Ferdinand Christian Baur

Ferdinand Christian Baur
Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: June 21, 1792
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Schmiden, Germany
Died: December 2, 1860

 46 Artur Yusupov

Artur Yusupov
Famous As: Chess player
Birthdate: February 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

 47 Karl Dietrich Bracher

Karl Dietrich Bracher
Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: March 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Weimar Republic, Germany
Died: September 19, 2016

 48 Christopher Memminger

Christopher Memminger
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 9, 1803
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany
Died: March 7, 1888

 49 Andreas Osiander

Andreas Osiander
Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: December 19, 1498
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gunzenhausen, Germany
Died: October 27, 1552

 50 Friedrich von Mellenthin

Friedrich von Mellenthin
Famous As: German General
Birthdate: August 30, 1904
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Breslau, German Empire
Died: June 28, 1997