Karl Allmendinger (Author)

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Karl Allmendinger , also Carl Allmendinger , pseudonym Felix Nabor (born October 13, 1863 in Mühlhausen an der Fils , † November 17, 1946 in Adelmannsfelden ) was a teacher, folk writer and composer.

Karl Allmendinger alias "Felix Nabor"


Karl Allmendinger was born the son of a miller in Mühlhausen , Württemberg . He worked as a teacher as well as organist, composer and choir director in his home diocese of Rottenburg .

From 1902 Allmendinger began to write decidedly Catholic novels and short stories under the pseudonym "Felix Nabor", derived from the early Christian martyrs St. Felix and St. Nabor , whose themes were mainly taken from contemporary and church history.

His first work of this kind, "Mysterium Crucis - A novel from the time of Emperor Nero", was received with great enthusiasm and numerous others followed in quick succession. The publications appeared mainly in the GJ Manz Verlag Regensburg, but also in the local Habbel Verlag , the St. Joseph Verlagshaus Klagenfurt and in the publishers of the Steyler missionaries in Kaldenkirchen and the Missionary Benedictines of St. Ottilien . Church newspapers, such as Der Pilger in Speyer , often reprinted the popular books as sequels.

The writer lived in Munich-Pasing from 1910, but later returned to Württemberg, where he died in 1946.

In the period between the two world wars, his works were very popular within the Catholic milieu and were not missing from any parish library. Ostracized because of their unmistakably Catholic character during the Nazi era, they remained so afterwards, as they often also had patriotic content, such as the story "The Girl of Spinges" about the historical struggle of the Tyroleans against the French. Today Felix Nabor's poems are almost completely forgotten and can only be obtained as antiquarian. Only Nabor's first novel, “Mysterium Crucis - A Novel from the Time of Emperor Nero”, saw a new, modernized edition in 1963; A Swedish translation was published as early as 1962, and a Norwegian one in 1968.

Bishop Johann Baptist Sproll , the well-known Nazi opponent, paid tribute to the writer from his diocese on his 65th birthday with the words:

Our compatriot Felix Nabor is an excellent and fruitful writer and - what is of particular value to us - a genuinely Catholic writer. His works bring edification and elevation, refreshment and joy to every home. I wish them the widest distribution in my diocese. "

- Bishop Johann Baptist Sproll , " City of God ", October 1928

In the birthplace of Mühlhausen, the "Felix Nabor Primary School" is named after the poet.

Felix Nabor's daughter Cäcilie Allmendinger-Höchstetter continued her father's work and also wrote Christian entertainment books; his son was General Karl Allmendinger .


Novel by Felix Nabor


  • Mysterium Crucis - novel from the time of Emperor Nero, 1902
  • The Children's Crusade - 13th Century Tale, 1903
  • The Vogt von Lorch - novel from the great peasants' war, 1904
  • Joan, the Maid of Orleans - Historical Tale, 1909
  • Zinga the Negro Duchess - A Missionary Tale, 1910
  • Griseldi - 12th century novel
  • Fearless and faithful! Novel from the time of the Russian campaign in 1812, 1914
  • The Knights of Mary - Tale from the 13th century, 1915
  • The poor little princess - a fairy tale from a new era, 1920
  • The miracle of life, 1920
  • The German forge, 1920
  • The mountain pastor, 1921
  • The monastery tower - a historical tale from St. Gallen's past, 1923
  • Home Magic, 1924
  • The blood feud, folk tale, 1924
  • The golden house; Story from the days of Pompeii, 1924
  • Der Rote Reiter - Novel from the Present, 1924
  • The miracle of Ammergau; Roman, 1925
  • The golden tree and other stories, 1925
  • Parsifal (novel based on Richard Wagner's stage dedication festival "Parsifal"), 1926.
  • The girl from Spinges; Historical narrative, 1927
  • Our Lady; a novel of Mary, 1929
  • Gold and Myrrh - Historical Missionary Novel from East Africa, 1929
  • The Ocean Cross - Historical Missionary Novel from Korea, 1929
  • The sky ship. Novel 1930
  • The Angel of Augsburg, a story from Bavaria's past (about Agnes Bernauer ), 1930
  • Roma, the Pearl of the Eternal City - Roman, 1932
  • Schlageter - Novel 1933
  • Shylock Among Peasants - Novel, 1934
  • On the beautiful blue Danube - A Johann Strauss novel, 1935
  • Peasant kings; Village novel, 1935


  • Missa O bone Jesu op. 37 for male choir and op. 37b for mixed choir


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. What exactly does that mean? He was not on the list of banned authors during the Nazi era .
  2. New edition of "Mysterium Crucis"
  3. Swedish translation of "Mysterium Crucis"
  4. Norwegian translation of "Mysterium Crucis"
  5. Database entry for Karl Allmendinger at MusicaInfo.net, accessed on January 29, 2020