Albrecht Goes

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Albrecht Goes (born March 22, 1908 in Langenbeutingen ; † February 23, 2000 in Stuttgart-Rohr ) was a German writer and Protestant theologian .


Albrecht Goes was born in 1908 in the Protestant rectory in Langenbeutingen, where he also spent his childhood. After the early death of his mother in 1911, he came to his grandmother's in Berlin-Steglitz in 1915 , where he attended the Steglitz grammar school until 1919 . From 1919 to 1922 he went to school in Göppingen. In 1922, after passing the state examination, he entered the evangelical-theological seminar in Schöntal Abbey. In 1924 he (like the whole class) moved to Urach. His roommate was the writer Gerd Gaiser .

House where Albrecht Goes lived and where he died in Stuttgart-Rohr (Im long Hau 5)

From 1926 he studied German and history, later Protestant theology in Tübingen and from 1928 in Berlin, where he was influenced by Romano Guardini . Goes was ordained pastor in the Tuttlinger Stadtkirche in 1930 and was city vicar in the Martinskirche in Stuttgart in 1931 . In 1933 he took up his first pastor's position in Unterbalzheim near Illertissen . In the same year he and Elisabeth Schneider married . The couple had three daughters, Christin, Brigitte and Rose. From 1938 he was pastor in Gebersheim .

During the Second World War he was called up in 1940 and trained as a radio operator and then used in Romania. From 1942 to 1945 he worked as a clergyman in military hospitals and in prison in Russia, Poland, Hungary and Austria. After the war he was pastor again in Gebersheim until he quit his pastor's service in 1953 and from then on worked as a freelance writer . He continued to preach twice a month. In 1954 he moved to Stuttgart-Rohr.

After the war he became involved against rearmament in Germany, for example - with Gustav Heinemann , among others - as a signatory of the "German Manifesto" of the Paulskirchen movement . In 1958 he was accepted into the Berlin Academy of the Arts. Since 1949 he was a member of the German Academy for Language and Poetry . He was also known to a wide audience as a regular speaker for the ARD program Das Wort zum Sonntag . On August 30, 1969, he gave the funeral speech at Erika Mann's funeral .

Albrecht Goes was buried on February 28, 2000 in the Pragfriedhof in Stuttgart.


Plain book cover for the story Unruhige Nacht from Friedrich Wittig Verlag, Hamburg (1950)

The first volumes of poetry appeared as early as 1932 with Verse and then in 1934 with Der Hirte . Other publications between 1935 ( Heimat is good ) and the end of the war - a poem from Der Nachbar (1940) was printed in the controversial magazine Das Innere Reich as early as 1938 - gave rise to the assumption that Goes “his anacreontic poems without Difficulties [...] could publish ”.

In 1950 he published the story Unruhige Nacht , which describes the events of one evening and one night in the German-occupied Proskurow (Ukraine) in October 1942.

The story Das Brandopfer , published in 1954, addresses the persecution of the Jews during the Third Reich using a simple butcher's wife who ultimately seeks justice through self-sacrifice (which she then denied) . The work, written in simple language, is still considered to be a contribution to dialogue and reconciliation between Jews and Christians . In 1978 the author was awarded the Buber-Rosenzweig Medal for this contribution .

The two works Restless Night and The Burnt Offering were filmed.

About Albrecht Goes, whose work is often compared to that of Albrecht Haushofer , Reinhold Schneider , Rudolf Alexander Schröder or that of Gertrud von Le Fort , things fell silent after his death. However, new books and new editions for the 100th birthday and an extensive program of events on this occasion show that it has not been forgotten.


Memorial plaque on the churchyard wall in Echterdingen
Memorial stone for Albrecht Goes in front of his former rectory in Gebersheim by Markus Wolf (2003)
Memorial stone in front of the former residential building in Stuttgart-Rohr
  • Verses ; Stuttgart 1932
  • The shepherd. Poems ; Leipzig 1934
  • Home is good. Ten poems ; Hamburg 1935
  • Praise of life. Reflections and poems ; Stuttgart 1936
  • Forgiveness ; 1937
  • The spectator ; 1938
  • The neighbor. Poems ; Berlin 1940
  • Pledge ; Night watch, typhus hospital, spring 1943
  • The good companions . Encounters; 1942
  • The encounter. Ten poems ; (Private print) 1944
  • Swabian journey of the heart ; 1946
  • The way to the stable ; 1946
  • The hostel. Poems ; Berlin 1947
  • Restless night ; 1950
  • Our last hour. A reflection ; 11-18 T., Hamburg 1953
  • The burnt offering. Story , 1954
  • The host. Prose and verse ; Berlin (East) 1958
  • The Sankt Gallen play from the childhood of Jesus, renewed ; 1959
  • Ten poems ; Frankfurt a. M. 1961
  • The gift and the mandate ; Berlin (East) 1962
  • But in the wind the word. Twenty years of prose and verse ; Frankfurt a. M. 1963
  • The spoon ; 1965
  • Day's work. Prose and verse ; Frankfurt a. M. 1976
  • Lichtschatten du. Poems from fifty years ; Frankfurt a. M. 1978
  • Stories, poems, reflections ; Frankfurt a. M. 1986
  • Not an hour is wasting. A selection ; Berlin (East) 1988
  • With Mörike and Mozart. Studies spanning fifty years ; 1991
  • Dark door, ajar. Thoughts at the limit of life ; 1997
  • The astonishment. Encounter with the wonderful ; 1998
  • Trace of life. Poems by Albrecht Goes and woodcuts by Andreas Felger ; Presence Art & Book, 2007

Honors and souvenirs


Richard von Weizsäcker : "A poet who can hear so finely, it is no wonder that he knows how to say what is his."


  • H. Preuss: Goes - weaving of silence . In: ders .: Lyrik der Zeit. Not a word is lost . Ratingen 1971.
  • Gisbert Kranz : poet, lawyer, preacher - on the 80th birthday of Albrecht Goes . In: Christ in der Gegenwart , vol. 40 (1988), p. 111.
  • Matthias Sträßner : Easy and difficult. Seventy years in the poem ; on: Deutschlandfunk, March 20, 1998.
  • Klaus Goebel : A good letter is the achievement of a person who can summarize himself with everything that is his. Albrecht Goes and Heinrich Wolfgang Seidel corresponded with each other from 1936-1944 . Deutschlandfunk, January 16, 2001.
  • Volker Spangenberg : The God who sees me. On the preaching work of Albrecht Goes . In: Ingolf U. Dalferth u. a. (Ed.): Memorable Secret. Contributions to the doctrine of God. Festschrift for Eberhard Jüngel on his 70th birthday . Tübingen 2004 pp. 515-537.
  • Peter Haigis: You helped Jews. Swabian parsonages in resistance. Edition Gemeindeblatt, Evangelische Gemeindepresse Stuttgart 2007, ISBN 978-3-920207-18-6 , p. 200 f.
  • Almuth Seidelmann: Representation of contemporary history in the stories "Brewise and Wille" by Gertrude Stein and "Unruhige Nacht" by Albrecht Goes , Marburg 2008 (plus Frankfurt (Main), Univ., Master's thesis, 2001).
  • Helmut Zwanger : Albrecht Goes. Friend of Martin Buber and Judaism. A homage. Tübingen 2008.
  • Willy Bourgoignie: In search of pure humanity. The Swabian poet Albrecht Goes . In: Studio Germanica Gandensia, 7, 1965, pp. 255-286.
  • Jürgen Israel : Albrecht Goes, the GDR and Judaism. Lecture, AphorismA-Verlag Berlin 2010.


  • Georg von Albrecht : 15 choral movements a cappella for mixed choir or male choir
  • Kurt Hessenberg : Six sacred songs based on words by Albrecht Goes for four-part a cappella choir, Opus 55

Film adaptations

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Albrecht Goes, Hans-Rüdiger Schwab, Karl B. Schnelting: Years , Verlag Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag, 1986, ISBN 9783596246076
  2. See speakers since 1954 .
  3. a b Hartmut Müller: He knows how to say his own , In: Heilbronner Voice of March 22, 2008, p. 40
  4. The dead farmer . In: The Inner Kingdom. June 1938, pp. 273-274.
  5. ^ Karl-Heinz Schoeps: Literature in the Third Reich. Bern / Frankfurt am Main / New York 1992 ISBN 9783261045898 , p. 196 (in the chapter on non-fascist and anti-fascist literature ).

Web links

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