Novelist: Rudolf de Haas

Rudolf de Haas is another of those novelists to come to light following a search for something else – and he’s a prolific writer of the First World War in Africa – by all accounts he got his inspiration from his time as a prisoner of war in Egypt talking to other prisoners, one of whom was Hans Moll, a police constable from Mpapua in German East Africa

1870 – born in the Rhineland
1900 – In Australia
1909 – marries Thea Gnade and honeymoons in Africa (Tunisia)
1912 – Pastorate in Thuringia (Lutheran minister)
1914 – before the war, is sent on a trip to German East Africa as a Mitglied des Deutschen Flottenvereins und der Deutschen Kolonialgesellschaft (member of the German Navy Association and Colonial Society). His wife and Theodor Klinkhardt accompany him. Rudolf is to give talks on the German Empire.
1914 – August, War breaks out. Rudolf and Theodor are drafted into Schutztruppe.
1916 – taken prisoner, sent to Maadi Camp near Cairo. Thea is interned with other German women in Dar es Salaam
1944 – died
1976 – Thea died

Books on World War 1

  • Der jüngste Reiter (1923) – (The Youngest Rider) has a dedication to Hans Moll with 24 pages of information, pictures and postcards about police constable Hans Moll (Molinäus), compiled by his great-nephew Hans-Heinrich Moll. Theodor is the youngest rider in the Schutztruppe. Rudolf appears under the name Konrad.
  • Theodor de Reiter (1922)
  • Der Wilderer von Deutsch-Ost (1927)
  • Im Sattel für Deutsch-Ost (1927) – 1914
  • Askaritreue (1925) – 1914
  • Das Opfer der Wagogo (1927) – 1916 Summer
  • Die Meuterer (1927) – 1916
  • Der Löwe von Mosambik (1925) – 1917
  • Der Elefantenjäger van der Merwe (1925)
  • Der Pflanzer im Kalundatal (1928)
  • Im Hochlande der Riesenkrate (1923)
  • Piet Neuwenhuizen: Der Pfadfinder Lettow-Vorbecks (1921)


Brian Smith on Rudolf de Haas


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