Wilhelm Lukas Kristl

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Wilhelm Lukas Kristl (born October 31, 1903 in Landshut ; died June 17, 1985 in Munich ) was a German writer and journalist.


After school in Landshut and Passau and a commercial apprenticeship as a current account clerk in Munich, Kristl began in 1927 as a film critic, local and court reporter under Erhard Auer at the social democratic Munich Post . During this time, together with Ödön von Horvath , whom he had met by chance, he wrote the folk play Faith, Love, Hope (1932) based on a real incident .

After the National Socialists came to power and the Munich Post was banned in 1933, Kristl left Germany and lived as a correspondent in Madrid , where a large part of the 1954 book Fighting Bulls and Madonnas was written. After the end of the war, Kristl returned to Germany and settled in Munich again, lived as a freelance writer and wrote feature articles and biographies on important figures in Bavarian history, such as the robber Matthias Kneißl , Oskar von Miller and Lola Montez , Ludwig I. and General Karl Wilhelm von Heideck ( Lola, Ludwig and the General ). In the mid-1950s he worked with Leni Riefenstahl on an exposé for a Spanish film, which was never made. He was also the editor of the works of Heinrich Lautensack , about whose life he presented a biography in 1962. From 1950 Kristl was editor of the Süddeutsche Sonntagspost and the illustrated Weltbild . He worked for the Süddeutsche Zeitung and the Bayerische Staatszeitung and from 1955 he was head of the press department at Bayernwerk AG for 14 years .



  • with Ödön von Horvath: Faith, love, hope. A small dance of death in 5 pictures. Berlin 1933.
  • The strongest impression. Stories. Händle, Mühlacker 1943.
  • Fighting bulls and madonnas. A book of Spain. Pohl, Munich 1954.
  • Kneissl. Bavaria's criminal case at the turn of the century. Pflaum, Munich 1958.
  • ... and tomorrow a light will descend. On the life and poetry of Heinrich Lautensack. Ill. By Alfred Kubin and Max Unold . The Tukan circle, Gauting b. Munich 1962.
  • The white-blue despot. Oskar von Miller in his day. Pflaum, Munich 1965.
  • The sad and proud life of Mathias Kneissl. Bavaria's big criminal case. Ilmgau-Verlag, Pfaffenhofen 1972, ISBN 3-7787-3033-9 .
  • Everyone can do what I want here. Oskar von Miller in anecdotes and snapshots. Ludwig, Pfaffenhofen 1978, ISBN 3-7787-2024-4 .
  • Lola, Ludwig and the general. Ludwig, Pfaffenhofen 1979, ISBN 3-7787-2025-2 .
  • 1-0 for Bavaria. Written in the margin. With drawings by Franziska Bilek . Ludwig, Pfaffenhofen 1979, ISBN 3-7787-3132-7 .
  • Heinrich Lautensack: The disturbed festival. Collected Works. Hanser, Munich 1966.


  • Michael Langer: Kristl, Wilhelm Lukas. In: Wilhelm Kühlmann (Ed.): Killy Literature Lexicon . Authors and works from the German-speaking cultural area. 2., completely revised Ed. De Gruyter, Berlin 2010, vol. 7, p. 49.
  • Elisabeth Tworek: Wilhelm Lukas Kristl (October 31, 1903 - June 17, 1985). Weltmann from Schwabing. In: Alfons Schweiggert, Hannes S. Macher (ed.): Authors in Bavaria. 20th century. Bayerland Verlag, Dachau 2004, pp. 190–192.
  • Karl Ude : An authority on Bavarian issues. Wilhelm Lukas Kristl dies. From Landshut via Madrid to Schwabing. In: Ders .: Schwabing from the inside. Munich 2002, p. 134 f.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ L. Riefenstahl: Memoirs . Cologne: Taschen, 2000, p. 535.