Josef Sellmair

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Josef Sellmair (born February 21, 1896 in Thalhausen ; † July 23, 1954 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein ) was a Catholic German theologian and educator .


Josef Sellmair was born on February 21, 1896 as the son of the farmer Joseph and his wife Maria (née Fischer) in Thalhausen (now a district of Kranzberg ). After attending an elementary school in Wippenhausen from 1902 to 1909 , he attended the Archbishop's seminars for boys in Scheyern and Freising from 1909 to 1912. In 1915 he was called to military service for the First World War , but the next year he completed his high school years in Freising. He spent the years 1918 to 1920 in the French officer's prison camp in Uzès ; in 1920 he enrolled at the University of Freising to study theology and was ordained a priest on June 29, 1922 .

After Sellmair was chaplain in Oberföhring , he became a curate in Munich in 1925 ; two years later he devoted himself to his service as chaplain in Nymphenburg . In 1928 he was invested as vicar of the collegiate monastery St. Kajetan in Munich. He received his doctorate in theology and philosophy and was also active as a teacher of religion. In the years 1934 to 1937 Sellmair wrote his studies on the tragic , with which he encountered the inner situation of many people who suffered for themselves and the time. It was published in 1939 as one of the first books by Erich Wewel Verlag and was welcomed by Helmut Thielicke as "an exciting encounter between the message of Christ and the forces of tragedy." "If you have pondered these things yourself for a long time, you would like to say that you have been waiting for this book as if for a great fulfillment." In autumn 1945 he took a position as associate professor of education at a university in Regensburg , two years later he already moved to the University of Munich and lived in Jetzendorf .

After a long illness, Josef Sellmair died on July 23, 1954 in Ludwigshafen am Rhein and was buried in Wippenhausen.


  • Boarding school education. Problems and Tasks of Catholic Community Education (1929/1931)
  • Pedagogy of Jansenism (1932)
  • Man in tragedy . Erich Wewel Verlag, Krailling before Munich 1939, 2nd, expanded edition 1941, 3rd edition 1948; Italian translation L'uomo nella tragedia 1944, 2nd edition 1949
  • Priest and Man (1938; translations in Spanish and English)
  • Humanitas Christiana - History of Christian Humanism (1946)
  • Diary of the Templar (1947)
  • Wisdom of the Sibyl (1948)
  • Lessons of History (1949)


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Individual evidence

  1. Helmut Thielicke in Heidelberg on April 5, 1940. Quoted on the cover of the 2nd, expanded edition from 1941.