Heinrich Pröhle

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Christoph Ferdinand Heinrich Pröhle (June 4, 1822 – May 28, 1895) was a German literary historian, teacher (Oberlehrer), writer, and folk talefairy tale collector (a successor of the Brothers Grimm).

Disambiguation of Heinrich[edit]

The given name "Heinrich" occurs in several cases among the relatives of the writer in question. As far as it is known, all the Pröhle are relatives, whether the family name is written with short Germanic umlaut, or long Hungarian umlaut[1]

  • Heinrich Andreas Pröhle (1797–1875), Lutheran pastor and poet in Hornhausen, Germany, the father of the writer
  • Christoph Ferdinand Heinrich Pröhle (1822–1895), the writer
  • Heinrich Prőhle (1870–1950), a well known pastor and theological professor of the Hungarian Lutherans in Pozsony (Preßburg or Bratislava) in Austria-Hungary, a cousin of the writer
  • Heinrich Prőhle (?–?), director of a factory in Mosonmagyaróvár, later a special translator in Budapest, Hungary, the son of the pastor in Pozsony above
  • Heinrich Prőhle (b. 1936), a professor at the Liszt Ferenc Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, the son of the translator above

Life and career[edit]

Intellectual heritage[edit]

He became well known as a collector and publisher of German folk-tales and folk-legends. He was a German literary historian as well.

His intellectual heritage was recognised several ways:

  • he got the title "professor" at his retirement
  • there is a street called Pröhleweg[2] in Berlin-Spandau (very close to Potsdam), since 1 July 1964.


  • Berlin und Wien. Berlin 1850
  • Der Pfarrer von Grünrode. Leipzig 1852
  • Kinder- und Volksmärchen. Leipzig 1853, (collected about Oberharz mainly)
  • Harzsagen. 1. Band, Leipzig 1853, 2. Band 1856
  • Harzbilder. Sitten und Gebräuche aus dem Harzgebirge. Leipzig 1855
  • Unterharzische Sagen. Aschersleben 1856
  • Rheinlands schönste Sagen und Geschichten. 1886
  • Harzsagen. Bad Harzburg 1957


  1. ^ Today the members of the Pröhle family reside in Budapest, Hungary.
  2. ^ Pröhleweg in Berlin, since 1964

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