Pierre-Paul Sagave

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Pierre-Paul Sagave (born January 3, 1913 in Berlin ; died September 15, 2006 in Paris ) was a Franco-German specialist in German.


Pierre-Paul Sagave was born in Lankwitz into a Berlin Huguenot family. He graduated from the Mommsen-Gymnasium in Charlottenburg in 1931 and began studying French and German literature and classical philology at the University of Bordeaux in the same year . After the transfer of power to the National Socialists in 1933, he stayed in France and became a French citizen. From 1933 he worked as a teacher in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille with a license ès-Lettres . In 1938 he was drafted into military service and in 1940 experienced the occupation of France by National Socialist Germany. Because of his knowledge of German, he was smuggled into the prefecture of the Vichy regime in Marseille by the Resistance .

From 1945 to 1954 Sagave worked as a lecturer at the University of Strasbourg , after which he was appointed professor at the University of Aix-Marseille . From 1964 until his retirement in 1981 he was professor for civilization allemande at the newly founded Université Paris X (Nanterre) , where he founded a research center for the history of Berlin. In 1966 he was one of the new founders of the Allemagne d'aujourd'hui magazine . He had close ties to the Theodor Fontane Archive in Potsdam and in 2001 became an honorary member of the Theodor Fontane Society .

Pierre-Paul Sagave received the Humboldt Research Prize and in 1983 the Gay-Lussac-Humboldt Prize , he was a Knight of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques , holder of the Federal Cross of Merit , the Goethe Medal and the Tolerance Medal of the German Huguenot Association .

Fonts (selection)

  • Sanary, capital of German literature in exile (1933-1940). Report by a contemporary witness , in: Markus Behmer (Ed.): German Journalism in Exile 1933 to 1945: People, Positions, Perspectives; Festschrift for Ursula E. Koch . Münster: Lit, 2000, pp. 58-71
  • with Ursula E. Koch : Le Charivari ”. The story of a Paris daily newspaper in the struggle for the republic (1832–1882) . Cologne: Leske, 1984, ISBN 3-921490-29-4 .
  • Berlin and France 1685-1871 . Berlin: Haude and Spener, 1980
  • 1871: Berlin, Paris, imperial capital a. Capital d. World . Frankfurt / M. ; Berlin ; Vienna: Propylaen-Verl., 1971 [translation into French 1995]
  • (Ed.): Theodor Fontane : Schach von Wuthenow . Frankfurt / M. ; Berlin: Ullstein, 1966
  • Research on the roman social en Allemagne . Gap: Éd. Ophrys, 1961. Publication of the Annales de la Faculté des lettres, Aix-en-Provence; NS 1960, No. 28
  • Réalité sociale et idéologie religieuse dans les romans de Thomas Mann: Les Buddenbrook, La montagne magique, Le docteur Faustus . Paris: Société d'édition les Belles lettres, 1954


  • Friedhilde Krause : Pierre-Paul Sagave, our French friend , in: the same: Experienced and shaped: memories from 80 years of life . With a foreword by Wolfgang Schmitz . Hildesheim: Olms, 2009, pp. 95-98
  • Frédéric G. Hartweg (Ed.): Hommages à Pierre-Paul Sagave . Strasbourg: Revue d'Allemagne, 1982

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