Ottomar Enking

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Portrait of Ottomar Enking, painted by Oskar Zwintscher

Ottomar Enking (born September 28, 1867 in Kiel , † February 13, 1945 in Dresden ) was a German writer .


Born in Kiel, Ottomar Enking spent his time at grammar school with some difficulties until he graduated. The relationship with his father, who was a teacher and later rector , was difficult and justified his initial difficulties, which also continued in the study of modern philology and later also in law . He worked as an actor for two years without much success. This was followed by work as an editor in Kiel, Cologne from 1899 to 1903 as editor of the "Mecklenburger Tageblatt" in Wismar . He then worked as a freelance writer in Dresden, and later also at the State Academy for Art History in Dresden . He owned a property in Altenhagen in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania , where he spent many summers. Since April 1, 1896 he was married to Imme Enking, b. Seyler and had a daughter Ragna Enking ( art historian , former director of the Dresden State Art Collection). Enking was a member of the then important, National Socialist group of authors Eutiner Dichterkreis , which was founded in 1936 by the Eutin NS district president and SA group leader Johann Heinrich Böhmcker . Enking died in the air raid on Dresden in 1945 and was buried in the Striesen cemetery.

In the German Democratic Republic , his work Im Blaue Kittel (1934) was placed on the list of literature to be sorted out.

Ottomar-Enking-Strasse, Kiel-Pries

The Ottomar-Enking-Straße in Kiel-Pries bears his name.


  • The Darnekower , Berlin, Bruno Cassirer, 1906
  • The sofa at number 6: A small town idyll , Munich, Georg Müller, 1908
  • Oh yes, in Altenhagen , Dresden, Verlag Reissner 1913
  • PCBrehm family , Dresden, Reissner publishing house
  • The little dot on the wave , illustrations by Ludwig Berwald, Hamburg-Großborstel, publisher of the German Poet's Memorial Foundation, 1918
  • Claus Jesup , Dresden, Verlag Carl Reissner 1919, later also published by Hinstorff in Wismar
  • Nelde Thorstens hourglass , Berlin, Rudolf Mosse
  • Tilsche Schellwegen , Wismar, Hinstorffsche Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1936
  • Semiramis Leipzig, Payner, 1938


  • O. Enking: The little dot on the wave , from the foreword by Professor Ferdinand Gregori.
  • Eutin Almanac from 1938. Ed. By the Eutiner Dichterkreis u. edit on his behalf by Christian Jessen.
  • Wilhelm Kosch : German Theater Lexicon. Volume 1, Kleinmayr [ao], Klagenfurt [ao] 1953
  • Peter König: Enking, Ottomar. In: Walther Killy (Ed.): Literature Lexicon. Authors and works of German language. Volume 3, Bertelsmann, Gütersloh [et al.] 1989

Individual evidence

  1. Eutin Almanac 1938.
  2. Nineteen names from Nineteen Thousand , Heinrich Böll Foundation Dresden

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