Karl Theodor Wenzelburger

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Karl Theodor Wenzelburger (born March 5, 1839 in Braunsbach near Schwäbisch Hall , † February 10, 1918 in Amsterdam ) was a German historian.


Karl Theodor Wenzelburger was born in Braunsbach, Württemberg in 1839 as the son of the Evangelical Lutheran pastor Johann Georg Wenzelburger and his wife Maria Magdalena, née. Lathe. In 1851 the family moved to Suppingen near Blaubeuren . In Blaubeuren he attended high school. Wenzelburger then studied theology and philosophy in Tübingen and then in Heidelberg, where he received his doctorate in literature. For his home in Württemberg, he took part in the German War against Prussia in 1866 . He then worked in journalism.

From 1870 Wenzelburger resided in the Netherlands, where he worked as a private teacher in Rotterdam. From 1871 to 1878 he worked as a German teacher at the Realschule (Hogere Burger School) in Delft and then until 1882 at the Public Trade School (Openbare Handelsschool) in Amsterdam. He was an employee of the Vossische Zeitung and from 1885 a correspondent for the Kölnische Zeitung in the Netherlands. He wrote articles and book reviews on Dutch history in the Historical Journal , especially the 17th century uprisings. As an employee of the Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie , he wrote around 60 articles, mainly on people from Dutch history.

Wenzelburger's main works were two historical titles published between 1879 and 1886 in the History of European States series , the history of the Netherlands . The first part extended from the earliest times to the reign of Charles V. The second part dealt with the Eighty Years War and the Peace of Westphalia . A third part was promised, but no longer appeared.

On March 15, 1910, Wenzelburger's 25th anniversary as a correspondent was celebrated in Amsterdam. He was named a “Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau ” by the Queen . He was also celebrated in Cologne, where the German Emperor named him "Knight IV Class of the Order of the Red Eagle ". Wenzelburger, who lived in Amsterdam on the Herengracht , died there on February 10, 1918, almost 79 years old. On February 13th he was buried in the Zorgvlied cemetery in Amsterdam. The funeral speech was held by the German Consul General Baron HP von Humboldt-Dachroeden .

Works (selection)


  • Reginald De Schryver: Over Karl Theodor Wenzelburger (1839–1918) of de vergeten author van een vergeten history of the Netherlands (1879–1886). In: EOG Haitsma Mulier, LH Maas, J. Vogel (ed.): Het beeld in de spiegel. Historiographical misunderstanding. Liber amicorum voor Piet Blaas. Verloren, Hilversum 2000, ISBN 9789065504357 , pp. 191–210 ( limited preview in the Google book search) (NL)
    “About Karl Theodor Wenzelburger (1839-1918) or the forgotten author of a forgotten history of the Netherlands” In: “Das Bild in the mirror. Historiographical explorations. "

Web links

Wikisource: Karl Theodor Wenzelburger  - Sources and full texts