Siegmar von Schultze-Galléra

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Memorial plaque for Schultze-Galléra in the Granau church ruins

Siegmar Baron von Galléra, also Schultze-Galléra , (born January 6, 1865 in Magdeburg , † September 15, 1945 in Nietleben ) was a German writer and local researcher .


He was born Siegmar Schultze, adopted in 1904 by Baron Arthur von Galléra. Schultze-Galléra studied German , ancient languages , history and law in Halle. After doctorate in 1887 and habilitation in 1892, he worked as a private lecturer at the University of Halle . In 1943 his lectureship was declared "expired" because of " non-Aryan descent ".

From around 1910 he devoted himself to the local history of the city of Halle and the Saalkreis . He wrote 26 books and around 1000 newspaper articles on local history topics.

Due to the historical background, he published under several names. The habilitation certificate from the University of Halle still shows the name Schultze. Later he used both the name combination Schultze-Galléra and Baron von Galléra or the pseudonym "Aigremont".

Schultze-Galléra is one of the founders of a regional scientific history. Although his works are still often quoted today, many of his writings are outdated. Missing sources do not make it possible to check the hypotheses he has made. In his diary From my life , he noted that he was afraid that other colleagues might dispute his scientific work.

In 1893 he married Lucia Lözius, the daughter of a horse dealer who built a racecourse in Halle, which was later converted into the Walhalla Theater . The son Karl Siegmar Baron von Galléra was also a historian and "a National Socialist bestselling author".

Schultze-Galléra's grave is in the cemetery of the Granau desert , which today belongs to Nietleben , a district of Halle (Saale) .


In 1999 the city of Halle named a path in his honor in the Halle-Nietleben district.

On the inside of the north wall of the Granau church ruins is a memorial plaque on the occasion of the 100th birthday, created by Martin Wetzel in 1967.

Name story

The name “Schultze” goes back to a six-generation struggle of the family to return the name under which they became known in Central Germany as one of the Saalkreis families : From the Winckel . The family lost its name in the 18th century due to a politically and denominationally unaccepted love marriage between Christian Wilhelm Freiherrn from Winkel-Schierau and Christine Elisabeth Maria Countess of Anhalt. With the adoption by Arthur Baron von Galléra in 1904, the ban on using the name, which was perceived as illegal, was lifted according to family understanding. From a purely legal point of view, the family continues to exist today as “Barons von Galléra” and “Freiherrn aus dem Winkel-Schierau”.


Regional history

  • Wettin Castle and the Wettin. 1912.
  • The lower castle Giebichenstein, taking into account the upper castle and the old castle. Otto Hendel Verlag, Halle a. P. 1913.
  • Giebichenstein. Old castle, upper castle and lower castle. A detailed refutation by Mr. Rauchfuß along with new contributions. 1914.
  • Walks through the Saalkreis. 5 volumes, 1913, 1914, 1920, 1921, 1924.
  • The Jews of Halle in the Middle Ages. 1922.
  • Topography of Wettin Castle according to recent research. In: Calendar for Halle. 1922.
  • 100 years of Rittergutsgose. 1924.
  • The medieval hall. 2 volumes, 1925.
  • Wettin Castle: its building history and its inhabitants. Wilhelm Hendrichs publishing house, Halle an der Saale 1926.
  • The old and new inns in Halle - their names, landmarks and history. 1928.
  • Castle and Bad Seeburg and the surrounding area together with the former salt lake. 1928.
  • The city of Halle. Your history and culture. A book for home and school. 1930.
  • Brief history and description of Wettin Castle and Wettin legends. 1930.
  • Halle dark and night life in the 18th century. 1930.
  • Hall in the Rococo. A city culture from the time of Frederick the Great. 1930.
  • The house names and landmarks of the private houses, inns, salt-boiling houses, pharmacies and boxes in Halle. 1931.
  • The Giebichenstein as a complete castle. Old castle, upper castle and lower castle. 1933.
  • The Petersberg and its Augustinian Canons. 1933.
  • The Hallesche Heide then and now and the Lintbusch as a former municipal property. 1933.

Literature and post-poetry

  • In the storm of time. Poems. Hall 1904.
  • In the kingdom of the Phaeacians. Novellas. Hall 1905.
  • The antichrist. A dream. Poem in five songs. Hall 1907.
  • Nice Ännchen from Gottgau. An old legend from the hall with an afterword. 1914.
  • The foreman from Dornitz . A story from the hall circle at the time of the 30 years war. Dresden 1915.
  • The legends of the city of Halle and the Saalkreis. 1922.

Literary studies

  • Paths and goals of German literature and art. Berlin 1892.
  • The young Goethe. A picture of his inner development (1749–1776). Hall 1894.
  • The zeitgeist of modern European literature. Some chapters on the comparative history of literature. Hall 1895.
  • The soul of time in modern literature and art. Hall 1898.
  • Falk and Goethe. Their relationships with one another according to new handwritten sources. Hall 1900.
  • The exaltation of man in modern art and literature. A contribution to the recognition of the new zeitgeist. Hall 1902.
  • Schiller. Lecture at the memorial ceremony. Hall 1905.
  • The Development of the Feel for Nature in Nineteenth Century German Literature. Hall 1907.


  • The physical culture of ancient and modern mankind. Ernst Trensinger Verlag, Halle an der Saale 1908.
  • England's war, infamy, judgment. 1914.
  • One too? Thanks to my friends. 1920.


  • Rolf Diemann: Schultze-Galléra. Local researcher for Halle and the Saalkreis. Work and life. Citizens' Association Lieskau, Salzatal 2017, ISBN 978-3-938642-85-6 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. catalogus-professorum-halensis
  2. ^ Family archive of the von Gallera family / Aus dem Winkel. This was housed in the vaults of Burgscheidungen Castle until 1990 before it was accessed by the GDR authorities , and in 1990 it was handed over to the then head of the house, Herman Gero Baron von Galléra, grandson of Siegmar Baron von Gallera.
  3. catalogus-professorum-halensis. For example Adolf Hitler's path to power: German history from summer 1932 to autumn 1933 / Karl Siegmar Baron von Galléra DNB . Other titles before 1945: Young Germany and the Third Reich (1932); Führer und Volk (1933); Germany's fateful path 1919–1939 (1940) and others.