Waldemar Bonsels

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Waldemar Bonsels.

Waldemar Bonsels (21 February 1880 in Ahrensburg – 31 July 1952 in Ambach (de)) was a German writer.

Waldemar Bonsels's most famous work is the children's book Die Biene Maja (Maya the Bee). This work also served the basis for a Japanese animated television series named Maya the Honey Bee in the mid-1970s, as well as a Croatian opera for children written by Bruno Bjelinski, making Bonsels work known to even a great audience. The Opera was staged 2008 in Villach, Austria at the Carinthian Summer Music Festival.[1] "Himmelsvolk" (People in the sky) is a sequel with a more philosophical focus, describing a in mystical terms the unity of all creation and its relationship to God.

There are a number of novels and shorter stories dealing with love as Eros and on the higher level of divine love in the spirit of romanticism (Eros und die Evangelien, Menschenwege, Narren und Helden, etc.), with the relationship between man and nature in a simple life unchanged by modern civilisation (Anjekind, etc.) and also including a historical novel from the time of Jesus (Der Grieche Dositos).

He travelled extensively in Europe and Asia. Voyage in India (Indienfahrt) is the fruit of one of these travels.

Bonsels was an outspoken anti-Semite and expressed his approval of Nazi politics against Jews in 1933, calling the Jew "a deadly enemy" who was "poisoning the culture"[2] in an article which was widely published.




  • Maya the Bee (1912)
  • Himmelsvolk (de) (1915)
  • Indienfahrt. (1916)
  • Mario und die Tiere (Stuttgart : Deutsche Verlagsanstalt, 1928)
  • Der Reiter in der Wüste: eine Amerikafahrt (1935)
  • Mario Ein Leben im Walde [Mario A Life in the Woods] (1939)
  • Bonsels, Waldemar (1929). The adventures of Maya the bee. Illustrated by Vera Bock; translated by Adele Szold Seltzer and Arthur Guiterman. New York: Boni. 
  • The Adventures of Mario, translated by Whittaker Chambers (New York: A. & C. Boni, 1930)[3][4]

Short Stories[edit]

  • Die Winde
  • Angelika
  • Scholander
  • Die Stadt am Strom
  • Asja


  • NSDAP und Judentum (1933)


  1. ^ "Festival Carinthischer Sommer 2014 | Klassik Kärnten Konzerte Klassische Musik Jazz". Carinthischersommer.at. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  2. ^ Waldemar Bonsels, NSDAP und Judentum, e.g. Siegener Zeitung, 05/23/1933
  3. ^ The Adventures of Mario. A. & C. Boni. 1930. Retrieved 21 October 2017. 
  4. ^ The Adventures of Mario. A. & C. Boni. 1930. Retrieved 21 October 2017. 

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