Karl Streckfuß

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Karl Streckfuß

Karl Streckfuß (born as Adolf Friedrich Carl Streckfuß ; pseudonym: Leberecht Fromm ; born September 20, 1778 or 1779 in Gera , † July 26, 1844 in Berlin ) was a German writer, translator and lawyer. He is the father of the writer Adolf Streckfuß .


At the age of 18 Streckfuss enrolled at the University of Leipzig in 1797 to study law. Three years later he successfully completed his studies and in the spring of 1801 went to Trieste as a private tutor (at that time still under Austrian rule). In addition to his work as a teacher, Streckfuss learned the Italian language so well that he was soon asked to work as an interpreter.

In 1804 Streckfuß moved to Vienna in the same profession, with the support of his employer, and stayed there until 1806. In autumn 1806 Streckfuß returned to Germany and became a Saxon administrative officer. In 1811 the Russian envoy in Berlin became his employer and in 1815 Streckfuss found a job in the Prussian administration. In 1820 he joined the Lawless Society in Berlin .

Shortly before his 44th birthday, Streckfuss was promoted to the position of the Secret Upper Government Council in 1823, and in 1840 he was appointed to the Council of State. Just three years later, Streckfuß resigned all of his offices for health reasons and retired.

At the age of almost 65, Karl Streckfuß died in Berlin on July 26, 1844 and was buried in the Sophienfriedhof II there. Although the grave was not preserved, it continued to be listed as the “ Honorary Grave of the State of Berlin ” for many years . This dedication was revoked in 2005.


Streckfuss's literary work includes poetry and prose; but an important part are also his translations from Italian. He also translated the Divine Comedy into German. He published some of his works under the pseudonym "Leberecht Fromm". As an administrative officer, he also published political writings; In 1832 he published the "Catechism for City Councilors of Prussian Cities", in which he outlined the advantages of the Prussian city order. When he published his work On the Relationship of the Jews to the Christian States in 1833 , in which he was critical of a possible legal equality of the Jews, Streckfuss sparked a controversial discussion. Among other things, the Prussian government councilor Freiherr Heinrich Christian von Ulmenstein felt compelled to publish his "counter-remarks" in the same year. After extremely positive experiences in contact with Prussian Jews, Streckfuss revised his views in a paper that he published ten years later under the same title.


As an author
As translator


Web links

Wikisource: Carl Streckfuß  - Sources and full texts

Individual evidence

  1. ^ BLKÖ: Streckfuß, Adolph Friedrich Karl
  2. ^ Hans-Jürgen Mende: Lexicon of Berlin tombs . Haude & Spener, Berlin 2006. p. 49.
  3. Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy . Translated and explained by Karl Streckfuß, newly published by Rudolf Pfleiderer, Philipp Reclam jun., Leipzig 1876, foreword.
  4. ^ Sebastian Panwitz: The Society of Friends in Berlin 1792-1935. Berlin Jews between Enlightenment and high finance. Georg Olms, Hildesheim 2007, pp. 136-138 and 142-145.