Herbert A. Frenzel

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Herbert Alfred Frenzel (born December 20, 1908 in Berlin ; † May 25, 1995 ) was a German Scandinavian , journalist, translator and theater scholar.


Herbert Frenzel attended the Königstädtisches Gymnasium in Berlin and studied literature, theater studies and Scandinavian studies at the universities in Königsberg and Berlin .

During the National Socialist era , he held various positions in and for Joseph Goebbels ' Reich Ministry for Public Enlightenment and Propaganda . In 1933/34 he was a publisher's editor, and from 1934 to 1939 editor and head of the cultural policy department of the Berlin NSDAP propaganda magazine The Attack .

In 1938 Frenzel married the literary scholar Elisabeth Lüttig-Niese , who received her doctorate in the same year with an anti-Semitic dissertation on The Shape of the Jew on the Newer German Stage and in her dissertation “for the expansion of [her] scientific interest by reference to the current cultural and political Questions “thanked.

From 1939 to 1942 he was a dramaturge. In 1942 he received his doctorate on the reception of Henrik Ibsen's play Nora or a doll's house in Germany. In the same year he published a German-Norwegian dictionary for occupation purposes. In 1943 he was appointed to the government council. From 1943 to 1945 he did military service in World War II and was a prisoner of war.

From 1950 Frenzel worked as a court-sworn interpreter. In 1951 he became secretary of the Society for Theater History e. V. in Berlin, for which he edited numerous theater history works and also wrote himself. He also made translations of Scandinavian works and worked as a community college lecturer.

Together with his wife he wrote the long-standing standard work Daten deutscher Dichtung , a chronology of German-language literature, which was first published in 1953 and had 35 new editions by 2007. In May 2009, after a tip from Volker Weidermann in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung , the Deutsche Taschenbuch Verlag decided to publish the work - the u. a. for the period between 1933 and 1945 did not contain any works by persecuted authors such as Kurt Tucholsky , Klaus Mann or Oskar Maria Graf , but extensively praised Nazi authors such as Erwin Guido Kolbenheyer and Richard Billinger and thus indicated a subliminal continuity of National Socialist views - from the publishing program too to take.


  • Flags joy and happiness. A collection of fun short stories. Junge Generation Verlag, Berlin 1935, 2nd / 3rd Edition 1942.
  • Eberhard Wolfgang Möller (from the series Künder und Kämper ). Deutscher Volksverlag , Munich 1938.
  • Ibsen's “doll's house” in Germany. The story of a literary sensation. Dissertation from the Philosophical Faculty of the University of Berlin, 1942.
  • German-Norwegian dictionary. Over 2300 words for everyday life. Mittler, Berlin 1942.
  • When the penny drops. Aphorisms for household use. Duncker, Weimar 1939; later: 38-42. Tausend, Reimer, Berlin 1953.
  • German poetry dates. Chronological outline of German literary history. With Elisabeth Frenzel, Kiepenheuer & Witsch 1953, most recently on dtv , 35th edition 2007.
  • Theodor Matthias: The new German dictionary. With special consideration of the spelling as well as the origin, meaning and addition of the words, also the loan and foreign words. Edited by Elisabeth Frenzel and Herbert A. Frenzel, Verlag Praktisches Wissen, 9th edition 1954.
  • Universitas litterarum. Handbook of Science (participation). 1955.
  • Alfred Zastrau (Ed.): Goethe-Handbuch (cooperation). 1955.
  • Brandenburg-Prussian Palace Theater. Venues and forms of play from the 17th to the 19th century. Society for Theater History e. V., Berlin 1959.
  • The Introduction of the Perspective Stage into the German Court and Castle Theaters. In: Theater Research / Recherches théâtrales, Vol. III, No. 2, International Federation for Theater Research, London u. a. 1961, ISSN  0307-8833 , pp. 88-100.
  • The culture of Scandinavia (with Helmut de Boor). In: The cultures of the Netherlands and Scandinavia. Athenaion, Constance 1964.
  • Thuringian castle theater. Contribution to the typology of the venue from the 16th to the 19th century. Gesellschaft für Theatergeschichte e. V., Berlin 1965.
  • History of the theater. Dates and documents 1470–1890. dtv, Munich 1979, 2nd edition 1984, ISBN 3-423-04302-4 .


  • Invitation to smile. A selection of cheerful stories (edited with Dietmar Schmidt), Reichel, Berlin 1943.
  • Kürschner's biographical theater manual. Drama, opera, film, radio. Germany, Austria, Switzerland. De Gruyter, Berlin 1956, DNB 010075518 .
  • Elements of literature. Contributions to substance, motif and topic research. Elisabeth Frenzel on her 65th birthday (editor with Adam J. Bisanz and Raymond Trousson). 2 volumes, Kröner, Stuttgart 1980, ISBN 3-520-70201-0 and ISBN 3-520-70301-7 .


  • Guðmundur Kamban : complexes. Comedy in 3 acts. Stage manuscript, 1939.
  • Guðmundur Kamban: The man without a past. Comedy in 5 acts. Stage manuscript, Ahn & Simrock, Berlin 1940.
  • Guðmundur Kamban: Grandezza. Comedy in 5 acts. Stage manuscript, 1942.
  • Svend Borberg : Sinner and Saint (translation with Hermann Kiy). Hoffmann & Campe, Hamburg 1942.
  • Svend Borberg: The boat. Show from the Faroe Islands in 4 acts. Stage manuscript, Die Drehbühne, Berlin 1943.
  • Kurt Lewin : The solution of social conflicts. Selected Treatises on Group Dynamics. Christian-Verlag, Bad Nauheim 1953.
  • Peter Manniche: Denmark. A social field of experimentation (translation with H. Brügmann and Knud Christian Knudsen). Christian-Verlag, Bad Nauheim 1953.
  • Arnold Gesell, Frances G. Ilg: The child from five to ten. Christian-Verlag, Bad Nauheim 1954.
  • Frances L. Ilg, Louise Bates Ames: Upbringing - Made Easy. Research, knowledge, advice. Christian-Verlag, Bad Nauheim 1957.
  • Arnold Gesell, Frances G. Ilg: Youth. The years from 10 to 16. Christian-Verlag, Bad Nauheim 1958.
  • Ingvar Andersson (Ed.): The Swedes and their Swedes. Reimer, Berlin 1958.
  • Kelvin Lindemann : An evening in Copenhagen. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 1958.
  • Sven Fagerberg : Night of the night . Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 1959.
  • Arvid Hj. Uggla: Carl von Linné. Swedish Institute, Stockholm 1959.
  • Ingemar Wizelius: Swedish literature 1957-60. Swedish Institute, Stockholm 1960.
  • Saul Bellow : The Rain King. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 1960.
  • Kelvin Lindemann: Moth and Chinese lantern. Kiepenheuer & Witsch, Cologne 1962.


  • Rolf Badenhausen, Harald Zielske (Ed.): Stage forms, stage spaces, stage decorations. Contributions to the development of the venue. Herbert A. Frenzel on the 65th birthday of friends and academic colleagues. Schmidt, Berlin 1974, ISBN 3-503-00783-0 .
  • Uwe Englert: The Scandinavian, Germanist and theater scholar Herbert A. Frenzel. In: Klaus Böldl , Miriam Kauko : Continuity in Criticism. For the 50th anniversary of the Munich Nordic Institute. Historical and current perspectives in Scandinavian studies (= Rombach Sciences. Series Nordica 8). Rombach, Freiburg (Breisgau) 2005, ISBN 3-7930-9379-4 , pp. 129-145.
  • Bärbel Rudin (Red.): Traveling stage. Theater art as a traveling trade (= small writings of the Society for Theater History 34/35, ISSN  0176-8905 ). Dedicated to the long-time secretary of the Society, Herbert A. Frenzel, on his 80th birthday on December 20, 1988. Society for Theater History e. V., Berlin 1988.

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Individual evidence

  1. "Data of German Poetry" - Controversial lexicon is no longer published. FAZ , May 12, 2009. Retrieved October 11, 2014