Anton Ritthaler

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Anton Ritthaler (born April 22, 1904 in Munich ; † 1982 ) was a German historian and publicist.


The son of the Munich main teacher Max Ritthaler attended Munich's Maximiliansgymnasium from 1914 and passed the Abitur exam here in 1923. With a grant from Maximilianeus , he then studied law, political science and history at the University of Munich .

He was a member of the DNVP and "prepared in 1933 for a future as a member of this party". He was an employee of the Eiserne Blätter Pastor Gottfried Traubs , worked from 1924 to 1941 on Professor Max Buchner's “right-wing Catholic monarchist” Yellow Hefts , most recently as its editor , and published in the Historical Yearbook .

He was a permanent employee of the White Papers from the start. There he published numerous articles and book reviews and in the spring of 1935 defended Hermann Oncken from the attacks of Walter Frank . On September 19, 1939 he was a member of the Bavarian - monarchist Harnier-Widerstandskreies arrested. However, he was released the next day.

After the war he wrote a. a. in the newspaper Erbe und Einsatz von Tradition und Leben and worked for the Neue Deutsche Biographie . Most recently, he was in charge of the house archive of Louis Ferdinand Prince of Prussia at Hohenzollern Castle .


  • The stab in the back against the monarchy. In two parts, in: Deutschlands Renewal 1933, issue 3, pp. 129–138 and issue 4, pp. 199–207
  • as editor, with Wilfried von Eisenhart Rothe: Hermann Oncken , Friedrich Saemisch (eds.): Prehistory and founding of the German customs union 1815–1834: files of the states of the German Confederation and the European powers. 3 volumes. Hobbing, Berlin 1934.
  • World political tensions since Bismarck (series of writings on ethnic education ). Schaffstein, Cologne 1939; 2nd, supplemented edition 1940.
  • Fortitude: essence, value, ways. Bells, Munich 1946.
  • The responsibility of Kaiser Wilhelm II for the outcome of the German Empire. OO 1948 (dissertation, University of Munich, August 14, 1953).
  • Kaiser Wilhelm II. Ruler at a turning point. Tradition and Life, Cologne 1958.
  • A stage on Hitler's path to undivided power. Hugenberg's resignation as Reich Minister . In: Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte . Vol. 8 (1960), H. 2, pp. 193-219 ( digitized version ).
  • The Hohenzollern: an image. Athenaeum, Frankfurt am Main / Bonn 1961.
  • Karl Ludwig Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg. A political picture of life (= Society for Franconian History. H. 34). Schöningh, Würzburg 1970.
  • The Hohenzollern. Steiger, Moers 1979; 4th, revised edition: Steiger, Solingen 1992.

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Individual evidence

  1. a b James Donoe: Hitler's conservative opponents in Bavaria 1930-1945: A study of Catholic, monarchist and separatist anti-Nazi activities , Leiden 1961, p. 276.
  2. Death report from Dr. Anton Ritthaler (1982), in: 82 - Römisches Institut der Goerres-Gesellschaft (online), IV. Our dead, p. 119.
  3. Publication: denominational school or simultaneous school? , in: Pedagogical sheets. Commissionsverlag Val. Höfling, Munich 1906.
  4. ^ Annual report of the Maximiliansgymnasium in Munich for the school year 1922/23.
  5. ^ Archive - Find aids online Ritthaler, Anton - Institute for Contemporary History
  6. Maria Theodora Baroness von dem Bottlenberg-Landsberg: Karl Ludwig Freiherr von und zu Guttenberg (1902–1945). A picture of life. Lukas Verlag, Berlin 2003, p. 81.
  7. Maria Theodora Freifrau von dem Bottlenberg-Landsberg: The white sheets. A conservative magazine in and against National Socialism. Lukas Verlag, Berlin 2012, pp. 120–122. In defense of Hermann Oncken see the article by Ritthaler: Limits and Powers of Historical Science in the April 1935 edition, pp. 97-102 ( digitized version ( memento of February 1, 2014 in the Internet Archive )).
  8. ^ John CG Röhl : Volume 1 of Wilhelm II .: The Emperor's Youth, 1859-1888 , Munich 1993, ISBN 3-406-37668-1 , p. 18.