Helmut de Boor

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Helmut de Boor (* 24. March 1891 in Bonn ; † 4. August 1976 in Berlin ) was a German germanistischer medievalist .


Helmut de Boor was the third child of the Byzantinist Carl de Boor and his wife Manon, nee Meyer. He was born in Bonn, but went to high school in Breslau . He studied German in Freiburg, Marburg and Leipzig, which was followed by a doctorate (1917) and habilitation (1919). After a short teaching activity in Breslau, from 1919 to 1922 he was lecturer for German studies at Gothenburg University. In 1922 he moved to Greifswald , where he was appointed professor in 1925. In 1926 he moved to Leipzig.

From 1930 to 1945 he was professor of German language and literature at the University of Bern . In 1935 he became a member of the NSDAP . After the end of the Second World War he worked first at the University of Marburg and from 1949 to 1959 as a professor at the Free University of Berlin .

Since 1963 he was a corresponding member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences . Together with Paul Diels , he headed the commission in the 1950s which, on behalf of the German Committee for Speech Studies and Speech Education, laid down the High German stage pronunciation . He followed Theodor Siebs in it .

De Boor had been married to Ellen Anna Rigberta von Unwerth, a widowed daughter of the medievalist Theodor Siebs , who became known as an author and translator under the name of Ellen de Boor, since 1920 .


He is buried in the Evangelical Churchyard Nikolassee .


  • The Faroese songs of the Nibelungen cycle. Dissertation at the University of Leipzig 1917
  • The Faroese Dvörgamoy songs. Habilitation thesis University of Breslau 1919
  • Swedish literature. Wroclaw 1924
  • The image of Attila in history, legend and heroic poetry. Bern 1932
  • with Richard Newald: History of German Literature . 3 volumes. Munich 1949–1962; 10th edition, edited by Ursula Hennig, 1979.
  • Theodor Siebs: High German language - stage debate . Ed .: Helmut de Boor, Paul Diels. 18th edition. Berlin 1961


  • Free University of Berlin (ed.): Festschrift Helmut de Boor. On his 75th birthday on March 24, 1966. Niemeyer, Tübingen 1966.
  • Ursula Hennig (Ed.): Mediaevalia letteraria. Festschrift for Helmut de Boor on his 80th birthday . Munich 1971.
  • Ulrich Wyss: Helmut de Boor (1891-1976) . In: Christoph König , Hans-Harald Müller, Werner Röcke (Hrsg.): Scientific history of German studies in portraits . de Gruyter, Berlin a. a. 2012, ISBN 978-3-11-080726-4 , pp. 180–188 ( fee required De Gruyter Online - first edition: 2000).
  • Boor, Helmut Carl Wilhelm Anton de. In: Lexicon Greifswalder Hochschullehrer 1775–2006 . Vol. 3, Bad Honnef 2004, pp. 27-28.

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Individual evidence

  1. a b Helmut de Boor in the professorial catalog of the University of Leipzig .
  2. a b Helmut de Boor in the Munzinger archive ( beginning of article freely accessible).
  3. De Boor family biographies . dieweddigens.jimdo.com. Retrieved January 22, 2015.
  4. ^ Ernst Klee : The culture lexicon for the Third Reich. Who was what before and after 1945. S. Fischer, Frankfurt am Main 2007, ISBN 978-3-10-039326-5 , p. 67.
  5. Christoph König (Ed.), With the assistance of Birgit Wägenbaur u. a .: Internationales Germanistenlexikon 1800–1950 . Volume 1: A-G. De Gruyter, Berlin 2003, ISBN 3-11-015485-4 , p. 233
  6. Johannes Keller; Florian Kragl (Hrsg.): Myth - Sage - Narration: Commemorative writing for Alfred Ebenbauer. V&R unipress, Göttingen 2009, ISBN 978-3-89971-562-0 , p. 3