Hans Herlin

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Hans Herlin (1925–December 20, 1994) was a German novelist.[1] Born in Stadtlohn, North Rhine-Westphalia (Germany), he was drafted into the Luftwaffe in World War II and trained as a pilot. In 1944 he fled to Switzerland and lived in France from 1972. He started a writing career as a journalist and worked his way up to become managing editor of Molden, one of Germany's largest publishing houses. In 1961 he wrote a detailed account of the St Louis voyage with 900+ Jewish refugees from Hamburg to Cuba and on to Antwerp, called "Kein gelobtes Land". In 1972 he began writing books full time, and in 1975 published his best known novel Commemorations, about "Nazi skeletons in the national closet".[2] Commemorations was published in the United States in 1975 by St. Martin's Press.[1] His books have been published in more than 18 countries.

Herlin died of a heart attack at age 68, at his home in southern France on December 20, 1994.

List of Novels[edit]

  • Der Teufelsflieger Ernst Udet U. D. Geschichte Seiner Zeit (1974)
  • Freunde Roman (1974)
  • Commemorations (1975)
  • Tag- Und Nachtgeschichten (1978)
  • Which Way the Wind (1978)
  • Der Letzte Mann Von Der Doggerbank Tatsachenbericht (1979)
  • Die Geheimen Machte Des Ubersinnlichen Unglaubliche Tatsachen (1980)
  • Die Geliebte Die Tragische Liebe Der Clara Petacci Zu Benito Mussolini (1980)
  • Satan Ist Auf Gottes Seite Roman (1981)
  • Verdammter Atlantik Schicksale Deutscher U-Boot-Fahrer Tatsachenbericht (1981)
  • Der Letzte Fruhling in Paris (1983)
  • Solo Run (1983)
  • Achtung Welt, Hier Ist Kreuzweg Die Flieger Von Hiroshima (1984)
  • Grishin by J. Maxwell Brownjohn, Hans Herlin (1987)
  • The Last Spring in Paris (1988)
  • Siberian Transfer (1992)
  • The Survivor. The True Story of the Sinking of the Doggerbank by John Brownjohn, Hans Herlin (1995)
  • Die Sturmflut Nordseekuste Und Hamburg Im Februar 1962 (2005)


  1. ^ a b "Hans Herlin, Novelist, 68". New York Times. December 24, 1994. Retrieved 2009-01-17. 
  2. ^ "Commemorations by Hans Herlin," Time, October 10, 1975