Kurt Eggers

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Kurt Eggers (born November 10, 1905 in Berlin , † August 12, 1943 in Klenowoje near Belgorod ) was a German writer and National Socialist cultural politician.


Kurt Eggers was born the son of a bank employee. In 1917 his father refused him permission to join the cadet corps and instead sent him to a training ship . According to his own statements, Eggers showed great admiration for the ship's commander and adopted his anti-Semitic views. In January 1919, the commanding officer, along with some cadets , including Eggers, joined the Guard Cavalry Rifle Division , which was involved in the suppression of the communist Spartacus uprising and responsible for the murder of Karl Liebknecht and Rosa Luxemburg . He then joined the Deutschvölkischer Schutz- und Trutzbund and participated in the Kapp-Lüttwitz Putsch in 1920 together with his former ship commander . In 1921 he was a member of the Schwarze Schar Bergerhoff Freikorps , which took part in the storming of St. Annaberg . Egger's high propensity for violence, especially against Jews, earned him the nickname "Eggers, the Jew-slayer" at school.

Because of his participation in the uprisings in Upper Silesia , he was expelled from school for "strolling" and worked briefly as an estate worker. In 1924 he served in the 3rd Artillery Regiment of the Reichswehr in Frankfurt (Oder) before taking his Abitur in Berlin. He then studied Sanskrit , archeology , philosophy and Protestant theology at the University of Rostock , Berlin and Göttingen . In 1927 he became a member of the Corps Vandalia Rostock . After the theological exam he worked as a vicar in Neustrelitz and as an assistant pastor in Berlin; However, he resigned from the Protestant Church in 1931 and devoted himself to writing.

Through the passionate nationalism in his early works, he soon came into contact with Nazi circles, which made him a member of Goebbels' circle of poets . In 1933 Eggers headed the " Reichssender Leipzig", and in 1936 the department "Celebration Design" in the Race and Settlement Main Office of the SS . In this capacity Eggers was the author of numerous dramas , radio and singing games , folkish stories, wandering and soldier songs as well as chants for cultic celebrations. Ulrich von Hutten in particular inspired numerous of his books. Many of his works were published by the SS's own Nordland publishing house . Egger's texts reveal the author's racist and anti-Semitic attitudes:

“Every valuable race carries the consciousness of its mastery in its breast, and nothing is more natural than that the true master races urge the development of their appropriate power like the flower to the light. That something inferior is pushed out of the way in the process of becoming this unfolding is only natural and therefore justified. The guilt lies not in the supposed brutality of the growing, but in the weakness and lack of resistance of the passing. "

After the attack on Poland on September 1, 1939, Eggers reported to the front as a reserve officer, following his "warlike ideal" and joined the Waffen SS . As a company commander of a tank company , he served in the 5th SS Panzer Division "Wiking" until he was killed on August 12, 1943 in a battle near Belgorod at the age of 37. As a result, the propaganda standard , in which their war reporters were summarized, was renamed SS-Standarte Kurt Egger . At the memorial service for his death, Eggers' friend Heinrich George read from his works. Eggers left a wife and three sons. The right-wing extremist DVU politician, author and journalist Sven Eggers is a grandson of Kurt Eggers.

After the Second World War, numerous writings written and edited by Eggers were placed on the list of literature to be sorted out in the Soviet occupation zone and in the German Democratic Republic . Eggers is still having an impact today, as he serves current right-wing extremists as a motivation for an unconditionally combative stance.


  • Annaberg , 1933
  • From the brave life and the brave death , 1933
  • The game of Job the German. A mystery , 1933
  • Hutten. Novel by a German , 1934
  • German poems , 1934
  • The great wandering. A game of eternal German fate , 1934
  • Rome versus Empire. A chapter in German history about Bismarck , 1935
  • Diary of a happy journey ... , 1935
  • Revolution around Luther (music by Fritz Büchtger), 1935
  • From home and its wives , 1935
  • Heart in the east. The novel Li Taipes, the poet , 1935
  • Fate Brothers. Poems and Chants , 1935
  • The farmers in front of Meissen. A game about the year 1790 , 1936
  • The birth of the millennium , 1936
  • Storm signals. Revolutionary chants , 1936
  • A thousand years of Kakeldütt. A funny novel , 1936
  • The German demon , 1937
  • Shots at Krupp. A game from German twilight , 1937
  • The Rebel Mountain , 1937
  • The home of the strong , 1938
  • The young Hutten , 1938
  • The dance out of line , 1939
  • Fire over Germany. A Hutt Ballad , 1939
  • Mate. Poems by a soldier , 1940
  • From the freedom of the warrior , 1940
  • The wild song of freedom. Great men's heresies , 1940
  • The military revolution , 1941
  • From enmity. German Thoughts , 1941
  • Father of all things. A book of war , 1942
  • The war of the warrior. Thoughts in the field , 1942


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Julia Liebich: Kurt Eggers - the intellectual bat. In: Rolf Düsterberg (Ed.): Poets for the "Third Reich". Biographical studies on the relationship between literature and ideology. Bielefeld: Aisthesis 2009, p. 75f.
  2. Kurt Eggers: The dance out of line . Volkschaft-Verlag, 1943, p. 245.
  3. ^ Jürgen Hillesheim, Elisabeth Michael: Lexicon of National Socialist Poets. P. 151.
  4. Kurt Eggers: Der Tanz aus der Reihe , Dortmund: Volkschaft 1939, quoted from Liebich (2009), p. 77.
  5. See the entry of Kurt Eggers' matriculation in the Rostock matriculation portal
  6. Kösener Corpslisten 1960, 119 , 527
  7. ^ Jürgen Hillesheim, Elisabeth Michael: Lexicon of National Socialist Poets. P. 151.
  8. Julia Liebich: Kurt Eggers - the intellectual bat. In: Rolf Düsterberg (Ed.): Poets for the "Third Reich". Biographical studies on the relationship between literature and ideology. Bielefeld: Aisthesis 2009, pp. 86f., 94.
  9. Kurt Eggers: The home of the strong. Dortmund: Volkschaft 1938, p. 133, quoted from Liebich (2009), p. 87.
  10. ^ Jürgen Hillesheim, Elisabeth Michael: Lexicon of National Socialist Poets. P. 152.
  11. ^ DGB youth Hamburg, Avanti - project undogmatic left : Braune Jungs un Nazi-Deerns. Hamburg far right (PDF; 1.7 MB), page 6.
  12. ^ German administration for popular education in the Soviet occupation zone, list of literature to be sorted out
  13. http://www.polunbi.de/bibliothek/1953-nslit-e.html
  14. ^ Elmar Vieregge: Reception of a historical violent criminal. The importance of Kurt Eggers as a free corps fighter, Nazi poet and SS soldier for right-wing extremism, in: Armin Pfahl-Traughber (Ed.), Yearbook for Extremism and Terrorism Research 2013, Brühl / Rhineland 2013, pp. 95–112.