Wilhelm Hausenstein


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(Homberg, Black Forest, 1882–1957, Tutzing), was a talented essayist and travel writer, who in 1907 became a militant Social Democrat. In 1919 he adopted a Christian standpoint and was later converted to Roman Catholicism. He was the first ambassador of the Federal Republic to France (1950–5), laying the foundations of reconciliation. His best work is his autobiography (mainly concerned with his early life) Lux perpetua (1947).

From The Oxford Companion to German Literature in Oxford Reference.

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