Adele Osterloh – Wikipedia

German poetress

Adele Minna Osterloh (2 January 1857 – 3 January 1946[1]) was a German poetess.

Born in Dresden, Adele was the daughter of the Dresden banker Franz Günther. After a stay at a boarding school in Geneva and a trip to Italy, she married the gynaecologist Paul Osterloh (1849-1918), wrote novels and novellas. From 1905[2] she was deputy chairwoman of the Literary Society e. V. Dresden.[3] She lived in Dresden at Wiener Str. 8.[4]

Osterloh wrote the play The fairy tale of happiness in four acts around 1900.[5] For the plot, Georg Pittrich (1870 – 1934) provided the music. The author’s husband, Paul Osterloh, was an associate member of the Tonkünstler-Verein zu Dresden[6] while there the composer and Kapellmeister Pittrich was a full member of the association.[7]

After the death of her husband, the doctor’s widow moved to Dresden’s Elisenstraße 4 around 1920.[8]

Osterloh translated Anna Maria van Schurman’s dissertation “May a Christian woman study?” from Latin.[9]


The writer had three daughters: Edith,[10] Paula and Ada (Adele).[11]

Her eldest daughter Edith (1878-1922), married Benn, 14 years after the accidental death of her first husband,[12]Fritz Brosin [de] († 1900) and her work as a theatre actress, the physician, poet and essayist Gottfried Benn. The journalist Nele Benn was her granddaughter.

The middle daughter Paula (1882-1968) married Carl Julius Stübel (1877-1974), a lawyer with a doctorate, in 1906 and was an artist under the name Stübel-Osterloh who took part in exhibitions of the Berlin Secession.[13]

The youngest daughter Ada (Adele) lived temporarily with her two sisters in the garden city Hellerau.[14] Her husband since 1910 was Georg Alfred Stübel (1880–1915), a doctor of law. He was killed in action in the First World War on 20 June 1915 in Lorraine. He is commemorated by a memorial plaque at the Johannis Cemetery in Dresden.[15] After taking up her studies at the Veterinary College in Dresden in 1916, Ada Stübel switched to human medicine at the universities in Freiburg, Leipzig and Jena. There she passed the medical state examination in 1920 and was awarded her doctorate at the Thuringian State University in 1921 with a dissertation on varicose veins and pregnancy.[16] Ada Stübel had obtained her research results by evaluating 48 varicose vein cases in the University Surgical Clinic under Director Professor Nicolai Guleke [de] (1878-1958). When she submitted her doctoral thesis, A. Stübel had been employed at the Jena “Physiological Institute” as an assistant doctor since May 1921.[17] She looked after her seven-year-old niece Nele Benn, especially when Edith Benn, née Osterloh, widowed Brosin, was taken in by the senior physician at the Jena University Surgical Clinic, Professor Georg Magnus [de] (1883-1942), for a bilious complaint in November 1922. After the operation, however, Edith Benn died.[18] In the second half of the 1920s, A. Stübel moved to Mainz and worked there as an ophthalmologist[19] and in between, due to the war, in Lichtenberg (Fischbachtal) [de].[20] In the 1960s, her nephew, Christian Stübel (1906-1983), a doctor of law, the son of her sister Paula and grandson of Adele Osterloh, also lived in Mainz.[21]


A brother-in-law of the poet, a brother of her husband Paul, was Gustav Eduard Osterloh (1842-1903), Major General at disposition[22] since 1902 and previously lieutenant-colonel in the 2nd Field Artillery Regiment No. 28 from 1890. He lived with his wife Therese and daughter Hildegard in Leipzig, the birthplace of Osterloh’s husband.

Resting place Johannisfriedhof[edit]

The burial of the poet took place on 10 January 1946 at the Johannisfriedhof (Dresden).[23] She was 89 old.

  • The end (Dresden 1896)
  • The other. Comedy (Dresden 1888)
  • The blonde adjutant. No soldiers’ stories (Dresden 1883)
  • Senior teacher Gesenius (Stuttgart 1896)
  • Among comrades (Dresden 1893).[24]
  • The sins of the fathers (Berlin 1898)
  • The fairy tale of happiness (Play), around 1900.[25]
  • Libretto to the operetta Der Wahrheitsmund (Mouth of Truth), Dresden 1899.[26]
  • Self-Confessions. In Deutsche Roman-Bibliothek 23 (1895).
  • A negligent woman, Dresden 1919.[27]

Her literary works also include stage plays, which remained unprinted.[28] An unpublished manuscript by Osterloh entitled My Daughters is in the literary archive of the University Library of Hildesheim. [29]

Further reading[edit]

  • Adele Osterloh. In Sophie Pataky [de] (ed.): Lexicon of German women of the pen. Volume 2. Carl Pataky publishing house, Berlin 1898, pp. 107 f. (numerized).
  • Gudrun Wedel: Autobiographies of women. A lexicon. Cologne, Weimar, Vienna 2010, p. 629.
  • A pictorial representation of the writer Adele Osterloh by G. DREHER with her signature as a broadsheet is in the possession of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, an institution of the Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz.


  1. ^ Day of the funeral: 10 January 1946; Library Service Center Baden-Württemberg
  2. ^ Sarfert, Hans-Jürgen: Hellerau. The garden city and artists’ colony. Dresden 1992, p. 81; ISBN 3-910184-05-7
  3. ^ Register of societies in the address book for Dresden; volume 1906, V. part, p. 77 column 3 – Numerized SLUB Dresden
  4. ^ Address book 1918 for Dresden and suburbs, III. part p. 659 column 4; House book
  5. ^ Published by E. Pierson’s Publishing House, Dresden and Leipzig 1900; reprint, 2001 Adamant Media Corporation ISBN 0-543-77124-5
  6. ^ Report on the Tonkünstler-Verein zu Dresden 898/99, p. 53 No. 259; Numbered SLUB Dresden
  7. ^ Report on the Tonkünstler-Verein zu Dresden 1898/99, p. 43 No. 167 Numerized SLUB
  8. ^ Address book of the state capital Dresden volume 1942, part II, p. 623 column 2; Numbered by the SLUB Dresden
  9. ^ Among my dissertation, Anne Marie Schurmanniam and Andrew. Rivetum of the capacity of women’s talent sciences, Paris 1638, German under the title Can a Christian woman study? by Adele Osterloh
  10. ^ Portrait in side profile, taken before 1900 by Hugo Erfurth Dresden; reprinted in Benn his life in pictures and texts, p. 73; ISBN 978-3-608-95345-9
  11. ^ Soerensen, Nele Poul: My father Gottfried Benn. Frankfurt; Berlin 1993, p. 15; ISBN 3-548-30317-X
  12. ^ Pankotsch, Hans: How did Fritz Brosin die – a search for clues !? In “From the Saxon Mountaineering History”, issue 17 (2011), p. (19-21) 20
  13. ^ Women Artists in the Berlin Secession; Stübel-Osterloh, Paula, No. 84 in the listing of the Art History Institute of the Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel
  14. ^ Auf dem Sand 10 according to the address book for Dresden and its suburbs, volume 1918; VI. Teil, p. 475, column 2; Numerized of the SLUB Dresden
  15. ^ Kgl. Saxon. Captain dR Dr.jur Georg Alfred Sübel; In World War I monument project – sorted alphabetically,
  16. ^ Dissertation with curriculum vitae of Ada Stübel, published by Urban & Schwarzenberg, Berlin 1921.
  17. ^ Jena population register 1923; p. 119 column 2 – Numerized THULB
  18. ^ Becker, Gunnar: Gottfried Benn genius and barbarian. biography, Fifth chapter, section “Death in Jena”, Berlin 2006, pp. 130f .; ISBN 978-3-351-02632-5
  19. ^ Ophthalmologists in Mainz: Stübel, Dr. A. Fuststraße 9. In Mainz address book 1940, J. Diemer Mainz publishing house p. 753 column 1
  20. ^ German National Library catalog, place of work until 1947
  21. ^ Address book for the Mainz district, 66th edition, Diemer publishing house, Mainz, November 1962, p. 326
  22. ^ inscription on the gravestone in Leipzig; de / documents / obj / 33066589 SLUB / Deutsche Fotothek / Straube, Stefan
  23. ^ Confirmation by the administration of the Elias-, Trinitatis- und Johannisfriedhof Dresden of 10 January 2019.
  24. ^ Heinrich Minden publishing house, Dresden and Leipzig, framed ad p. 120, printed by E. Pierson’s Verlag (R. Licke) in Dresden; Reprint in Poland, 2006 Adamant Media Corporation ISBN 0-543-77936-X
  25. ^ Schauspiel in four acts, E. Pierson’s edition, Dresden and Leipzig 1900; Reprint, 2001 Adamant Media Corporation ISBN 0-543-77124-5
  26. ^ Operetta in three acts by Heinrich Platzbecker, text by Osterloh and the composer; text of the songs: Lehmannsche Buchdruckerei, Graphische Kunstanstalt, Dresden 1899; Nuemrized at the Library of Congress
  27. ^ Berthold Sturm’s Verlag Dresden, published under the pseudonym Dora Helfft.DNB-IDN 362446377
  28. ^ Müller, Reinhard: “Osterloh (née Günther), Adele (Minna) “. In Deutsches Literatur-Lexikon, Berlin / Munich, p. 751; ISBN 3-317-01646-9
  29. ^ Communicated by Pankotsch, Hans in How did Fritz Brosin die – a search for clues! In “From the Saxon Mountaineering History”, issue 17 (2011), p. (19-21) 21: Estate. Hans Egon Holthusen, p. 16

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