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Margret Boveri

Margret Boveri

German journalist
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro German journalist
Countries Germany
Occupations Journalist
Gender female
Birth 14 August 1900 (Würzburg, Lower Franconia, Bavaria, Germany)
Death 6 July 1975 (Berlin, Germany)
Margret Boveri
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Margret Antonie Boveri (14 August 1900 – 6 July 1975) was one of the best-known German journalists and writers of the post-World War II period.


Margret Boveri was born in Würzburg, Germany, the daughter of German biologist Theodor Boveri and American biologist Marcella O'Grady Boveri. Her father died in 1915 and her mother returned to the USA in 1925. She studied history and political science in Munich and Berlin. From 1934 she worked in the Foreign Affairs section of the Berliner Tageblatt newspaper, where she was promoted by the editor, Paul Scheffer.

From 1939 until 1943 (when the newspaper was banned) she worked as foreign correspondent for the Frankfurter Zeitung newspaper in Stockholm and New York City. She was awarded the War Merit Medal by the Nazi Government in 1941; she herself was never a member of the Nationalist Socialist Party. After the USA entered the war she was interned for a time in New York, before being returned, at her own request, to Europe. In May 1942 she arrived in Lisbon, where she continued her work as correspondent for the Frankfurter Zeitung. While in Lisbon she became acquainted with the Swiss journalist Annemarie Schwarzenbach, who was to die shortly afterwards in an accident in Switzerland.

After the Frankfurter Zeitung was banned by the German government in 1943, Boveri returned to Berlin, where her apartment was destroyed in an air strike. She then took up work as a report writer in the German embassy in Madrid before returning to Berlin in 1944 to work as a freelance writer with the National Socialist weekly Das Reich.

Memorial at Opitzstraße 8 in Berlin-Steglitz

After the war Boveri disapproved of the division of Germany by the Allies into separate political zones, in which she was supported by Konrad Adenauer, and she maintained her opposition to the division of Germany until the 1960s. In 1968 she was awarded the German Critics' Prize and in 1970 the Bundesverdienstkreuz, the highest civilian honour in West Germany, for promoting understanding between East and West Germany. Among her friends and acquaintances were Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, Theodor Heuss, Ernst von Weizsäcker, Freya von Moltke, Ernst Jünger, Carl Schmitt, Armin Mohler, Gottfried Benn und Uwe Johnson.

She died in Berlin in 1975.


  • Das Weltgeschehen am Mittelmeer, Zurich 1936
  • Vom Minarett zum Bohrturm. Eine politische Biographie Vorderasiens, Zurich and Leipzig 1939
  • Ein Auto, Wüsten, blaue Perlen. Bericht über eine Reise durch Vorderasien, Leipzig 1939
  • modern edition: Wüsten, Minarette und Moscheen. Im Auto durch den alten Orient. Berlin, wjs 2005, ISBN 3-937989-06-4
  • Amerika-Fibel für erwachsene Deutsche, Berlin 1946 (modern edition: Berlin (Landt) 2006, ISBN 3-938844-03-5
  • 16 Fenster und 8 Türen, Berlin 1953
  • Der Verrat im XX. Jahrhundert, 4 Volumes, Hamburg 1956–1960
  • Wir lügen alle. Eine Hauptstadtzeitung unter Hitler, Olten and Freiburg im Breisgau 1965
  • Tage des Überlebens. Berlin 1945, Munich 1968. Modern edition: Berlin, wjs 2004, ISBN 3-937989-01-3
  • Erinnerte Mutmaßungen, in: Neue Deutsche Hefte 16, 205–208, 1969
  • Die Deutschen und der Status Quo, Munich 1974
  • Verzweigungen. Eine Autobiographie, published by Uwe Johnson, Munich 1977
    modern edition: Frankfurt am Main, Suhrkamp 1996, ISBN 3-518-39076-7
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