William living stone

William living stone (* 17. June 1882 in horn mountain; † 3. June 1957 in Munich) was a German universal educated historical writer, art critic and a culture historian, a journalist and a diplomat. He was a man, who exerted himself against the national socialism and Antisemitismus and worried intensively after the Second World War about the French-German friendship.

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was born William living stone in the horn mountain of Baden as a son of a grossherzoglichen financial official. Its nut/mother was the daughter of the “bear landlord” in horn mountain. It visited a human High School and studied in Heidelberg history, economics, philosophy and linguistics. 1907 it was member of the social-democratic party and works actively in their advanced training, which defeated a Habilitation. Living stone became thereupon free writer. Twelve years later it stepped from the SPD. It wrote in the meantime also for the Frankfurt newspaper and the residents of Munich newest one message.

1926 appeared of living stone in the Soviet encyclopedia an extensive contribution over baroque. 1933 the summary dismissal of the editorship member of the “residents of Munich newest one message” forced the residents of Munich state police.

From 1934 to 1943 the Badener was responsible for the literary supplement of the “Frankfurt newspaper “. It received however from the Nazis write prohibition, because it refused, the names of Jewish artists from its book concerning history of art to erase and modern works as degenerate art titulieren. 1943 came the summary dismissal also from the “Frankfurt newspaper” and a prohibition journalistic work. Living stone concentrated on work on its lux Perpetua and prepared planned books.

1945 were the journalist joint founder of the South German newspaper.

Starting from 1950 it received the order as a Consul General to improve the French-German relationship difficult after the war events. From 1953 to 1955 the government Adenauer appointed it as the first German Ambassador after the Second World War in Paris.

It wrote numerous special books concerning cultural topics, art and travel books, narrations and also memories. Books from it appeared also under the aliases Johann Armbruster and Kannitverstan. Living stone was active also with contributions for important German newspapers. It worked as a translator, approximately from Baudelaire - poems.

Among its friend circle ranked among other things Paul Klee, Annette Kolb, Alfred Kubin, Rainer Maria Rilke, Karl Valentin and Theodor Heuss. Living stone held numerous offices and functioned starting from 1950 as a president for the Bavarian academy of the beautiful arts. William living stone succumbs at the 3. June 1957 a cardiac infarct and becomes on the cemetery of pc. George in Munich elbow living bury.


  • 1910 - the farmer Bruegel (its first book); Monografie over the painter
  • 1914 - painting, plastics, design. The screen end art of the present
  • 1919 - the Isenheimer altar Matthias's Green forest
  • of the 1923 - Giotto
  • 1932 - European capitals
  • 1948 - conversation over Don Quijote
  • 1961 - Paris memories


  • 1949 - lever price of the state of Baden
  • 1952 - large Order of Merit with star and shoulder volume
  • 1954 - literary award of the city Munich
  • 1955 - Grand Officier of the Ehrenlegion
  • 1955 - Baden-Wuerttemberg lends the professor title to it
  • 1982 - William living stone avenue in Karlsruhe


  • Sulzer, Dieter: The deduction William living stone. A report; Marbach at the Neckar, 1982, ISBN 3-9288-8243-0;
  • Reuss, Peter Matthias: The mission living stone (1950-1955); Sinzheim, 1995; ISBN 3-9307-4720-0;
  • Living stone, William: Lux Perpetua; Frankfurt/Main, 1972

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