Strobl, Karl Hans
Karl Hans Strobl, photo around 1925
Strobl, Karl Hans, b. Jihlava, Czech Republic (then Iglau), Jan. 18, 1877, d. Perchtoldsdorf (Lower Austria), March 10, 1946, writer. Law graduate, employed in the civil service in Jihlava and Brno until 1913, subsequently magazine editor in Leipzig; front-line reporter in World War I, after 1918 writer in Perchtoldsdorf, 1938 director of the Vienna "Reichsschrifttumskammer", the Nazi professional association of writers, in which membership was compulsory. Wrote several highly popular novels on student life and historical subjects in a German nationalist spirit ("Bismarck", 3 vols., 1915-1919); also fantastic ("Gespenster im Sumpf", 1920) and humorous books.
Literature: G. Wackwitz, K. H. S. (1877-1946). Sein Leben und sein phantastisch orientiertes Frühwerk, doctoral thesis, Halle 1981; F. Schmatz, K. H. S. Bismarcktrilogie. Zur völk.-nat. und nat.-soz. Literatur in Ö., doctoral thesis, Vienna 1982.