|Name Bernhard Kellermann|
|Movies The Tunnel|
|Died October 17, 1951, Klein Glienicke, Germany|
Spouse Else Kellermann (m. 1939–1951), Mabel Kellermann (m. 1915–1926)
Books Der Tunnel, Der 9. November: Roman, God's Beloved (German Classics)
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Bernhard Kellermann - Der Tunnel (BR 1985) / Science Fiction Hörspiel
Bernhard Kellermann (March 4, 1879, Fürth, Kingdom of Bavaria – October 17, 1951) was a German author and poet.
Bernhard Kellermann enrolled in 1899 at Technical University Munich initially in general studies, but later focused on German literature and painting. Beginning in 1904 he built a reputation as a novelist with early works such as Yester and Li, and reached extraordinary success through 1939 with 183 printings.
The novel Ingeborg (1906) achieved an impressive 131 printings (until 1939).
In the years before World War I his novels were published following journeys in the United States and Japan. His novel Das Meer (The Sea) was made into film by Peter Paul Felner and Sofar-Film-Produktion GmbH, featuring prominent film stars. His main work was Der Tunnel in 1913. It was highly successful for both him and his publisher, S. Fischer Verlag: circulation exceeded one million, and the work was translated into 25 languages. Kellermann's works became more critical of society and directly related to real-world events; his previous writings were marked with impressionism and prose. During World War I, Kellermann worked as a correspondent for the Berliner Tageblatt [Berlin's Daily Journal], one of Berlin's most influential newspapers, and published several war reports.
In 1920, his novel Der 9. November (The Ninth of November) appeared, which argued critically against the behavior of soldiers and officers in relation to the people. This book doomed Kellermann during the Nazi era.
Beginning in 1922 he produced numerous novellas and short stories. In 1926 Kellermann became a member of the Prussian poet academy, from which he was excluded 1933. In 1926 the divorced Lene Schneider-Kainer and Kellermann left Berlin on an extended odyssey of two years, often travelling by donkey or caravan, and visiting Russia, Persia, India, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, Tibet, Hongkong and China.
His novel The Ninth November was banned and burned publicly. Kellermann did not flee the country and offered no resistance, but wrote dime novels. After the collapse of the Nazi dictatorship, Kellermann worked with Johannes R. Becher in the Cultural Association of the GDR. He was a member of East Germany's Volkskammer as well as chairmen of the Society for German-Soviet Friendship. His commitment in the postwar years to East Germany caused a boycott of West German booksellers. His name was forgotten. Even shortly before his death in 1951 he rallied the writers of both German states to push for unified deliberations.
Bernhard Kellermann is buried in the New Cemetery at Potsdam. His grave is preserved.