New Publication on Eugen Prager

Book ann: Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung

As a collaborative work of Ilse Fischer (Archives of Social Democracy of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation ) and Rüdiger Zimmermann (Library of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation) the life story of Eugen Prager has been published:

Fischer, Ilse:
"Unsere Sehnsucht in Worte kleiden" - Eugen Prager (1876 - 1942) : der Lebensweg eines sozialdemokratischen Journalisten / Ilse Fischer ; Rüdiger Zimmermann. - Bonn : Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, Historisches Forschungszentrum, 2005. - 242 S. : Ill. - ISBN 3-89892-417-3

This publication describes the journalistic career of Eugen Prager, a Jewish-born social democrat from Breslau, which led him from Offenbach via Cologne, Erfurt and Leipzig to Berlin. He became famous for his book "Geschichte der USPD" [History of the USPD] and his vehement anti-national socialist works published by J.H.W. Dietz Nachf.

For the time after 1933 the constraints he and his family had to endure are described with the help of personal documents and memories of his children, and his and his wife's life until their murder by the SS is reconstructed. A personal bibliography and private letters written between 1937 and 1940 complete this work.

The publication can be ordered free of charge from:

  • Hilke Käding (, Library of the Friedrich Ebert Foundatioin)
  • Johanna Meinhart (, Archives of Social Democracy of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation)

A pdf version of the book is also available and can be downloaded from (ca. 5 MB).