Karl Heinrich Waggerl

Karl Heinrich Waggerl, occasionally also only Heinrich Waggerl (* 10. December 1897 in bath Gastein; † 4. November 1973 in blackoh in the Pongau) was a Austrian writer.

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it visited the teacher seminar in Salzburg, became as an officer in the 1. World war assigned, where it came into Italian shank. After its dismissal 1920 it accepted a place as a teacher in Wagrain , separated however already 1923 illness from the school service and began to write.

Its Erstlingsroman “bread “appeared 1930 in the island publishing house. In its popular narrations and novels Waggerl - increasingly idealizing - brought up for discussion the land life. 1939 he was national chairman for writers in LV gau the Salzburg, starting from 1940 mayors von Wagrain, where he lived 50 years.

After the Second World War it became estimated for its idyllisierende Kurzprosa. The writer Hermann Hessian expressed: “The actually dichterischen books in our literature become ever more rarely, but belong of Waggerl to them.” Particularly in the Christmas season it read up to its death frequently from its narrations and legends, which is occupied by some Schallplattenaufnahmen also.

In Wagrain there is a Waggerl museum in its former house.

Waggerl and Christmas

until today remained extremely popular particularly Waggerls Weihnachtsgeschichten. Primarily the book and it went, that among other things the famous Weihnachtslegenden about what the Christian child to smile had or why the black king became so glad Melchior contains, which are still by far more famous outside of Austria than their author, is considered as a masterpiece of the category and belonged long to the classical Weihnachtsliteratur.

Waggerl in-spoke, first five of the six legends of the book also for the record for his salt citizen publisher Otto Mueller; the admission appeared later around missing history supplemental also in literary archives the German Grammophon society.

Apart from the legends Waggerl wrote down also many views over and memories to Christmas, those frequently in early memories of its childhood roots. “God praise for a tiny spark light in the terrible darkness”, then described Waggerl once the Vorweihnachtszeit.

Until today Waggerls stories and views were spoken about the “quietest time in the year” of the best interpreters, apart from its own interpretation among other things also by Josef my wheel, Heinz resting man and Hans Joachim Kulenkampff.

The special and crucial role, which Karl Heinrich Waggerl as rezitierender poets besides a long time for salt citizens the Adventsingen played, is due likewise to the deeply felt love for Christmas, which comes into many of its literary work to the expression. This very day the Adventsingen without a Waggerl' text is inconceivable for many.

honours and honors

of works

of novels

  • bread, 1930
  • heavy blood, 1931
  • the year of the Mr., 1934
  • mothers, 1935

telling volumes

  • the meadow book, 1934
  • you and Angela, 1934
  • end of workday, 1944
  • the Pfingstreise, 1946
  • merry poverty, 1948
  • Wagrainer stories book, 1950
  • cheerful Herbarium, 1950 (with designs of the author)
  • and went…, 1953
  • love of things, 1956
  • that is the quietest time in the year, 1956
  • the green friends, 1957
  • small coin, 1957
  • the Leibsorger, 1958
  • the art of the idle course, 1959
  • praise of the meadow, 1960
  • the stopgap, 1961
  • the dream box, 1962
  • view into the workshop, 1967
  • the dream box, 1968


  • narrations for magazines and house calendar
  • Wagrainer diary, 1936
  • all true one is simple, 1979 (Aphorismen)

expenditures for work

  • collecting works, 5 Bde., 1951-52
  • letters, hrsg. v. L. Besch, 1976
  • all works, 2 Bde., 1997

CDs (selection)

  • and it saw the green to the Osterzeit (stories to the Osterzeit)
  • its most beautiful stories to Advent and Christmas
  • the Weihnachtserzählungen
  • merry poverty

resuming literature

  • Otto Amann: The other face. Studies to the early Erzählprosa of Karl Heinrich Waggerl. Innsbruck: Inst. for Germanistik 1986. (= Innsbrucker of contributions to the culture science: Germanisti row; 29) ISBN 3-85124-111-8
  • Rudolf Bayr: Karl Heinrich Waggerl. The poet and its work. Salzburg: Mueller 1947.
  • Laurenz Krisch: That bath Gasteiner Karl Heinrich Waggerl. Anniversary publication on the occasion of its 100. Birthday 1997. Bath Gastein: Gasteiner museum 1996.
  • Karl Mueller: Breaks without consequences. The long life of the literary anti-modern trend of Austria for the 30's. Salzburg: Mueller 1990. ISBN 3-7013-0796-2
  • Karl Mueller: Karl Heinrich Waggerl. A biography with pictures, texts and documents. Salzburg and others: Mueller 1997. ISBN 3-7013-0960-4
  • “nothing complication nowadays than simple humans”. Contributions of the international Karl Heinrich Waggerl Symposion 1997, hrsg. v.n Karl Mueller. Salzburg: Mueller 1999. ISBN 3-7013-0984-1
  • Ernst Pichler: Karl Heinrich Waggerl. A Biografie. Innsbruck: Haymon Verl. 1997. ISBN 3-85218-257-3
  • Gerhart Schinke: Karl Heinrich Waggerl. Humans and work. Munich: Cutter 1985. ISBN 3-7955-0173-3
  • Karl jump-forge: Servus Heiner! Memories of Karl Heinrich Waggerl. Munich: Cutter 1979. ISBN 3-7955-0117-2

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