Hermann Grab

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Hermann Grab (6 May 1903 – 2 August 1949) was a Bohemian German-language writer.

Early years[edit]

Hermann was born into a wealthy aristocratic family of Jewish origin in Prague, Bohemian Kingdom (an old name of today's Czech Republic). Although his parents were formally Jewish, Hermann as his brother were educated as Catholics. Hermann studied at the German Gymnasium Na Prikopech (Prague) and then entered German Charles-Ferdinand University. Later he studied at universities in Berlin, Heidelberg and Vienna. In 1927, he received a PhD in philosophy in Heidelberg and in 1928 a PhD in law in his home-town Prague.

Life in Prague and writer work[edit]

After short juridical praxis, Grab became a music teacher and music-critic of Prager Montagsblatt. In 1934, he published the first of his short stories in Prague magazines and in 1935 his first book Der Stadtpark, a Prague novel, for its he was said to be 'Prague Proust'.

Exile in USA and death[edit]

After the occupation of his country by Hitler between 1938 and 1939, Grab escaped to Paris. When Hitler's armies defeated France, he escaped (and lost all his manuscripts) through France, Spain, Portugal, and finally to the USA. Hermann settled in New York City and established a small music school, married a Belgian exulant and wrote his second book Hochzeit in Brooklyn. Serious illness prevented him from returning to Prague after World War II. He died fully invalid in 1949 in New York and was buried at Flushing Cemetery in Flushing, Queens, New York City.


  • Der Stadtpark (Town Park), novel published in Prague 1935. Prague's pre-WWI life seen by teenager.
  • Hochzeit in Brooklyn (Marriage in Brooklyn), a book of excellent short stories, written in 1940s, published posthumously in Vienna 1957.

Some of them with Prague theme, others with New York and Lisbon theme.