Fritz Reck-Malleczewen
Friedrich Percival Reck-Malleczewen (August 11, 1884 – February 16, 1945) was a German
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Friedrich (Fritz) Reck-Malleczewen was born on the estate of Malleczewen
Maleczewo ) is a village in the administrative district of Gmina Ełk, within Ełk County, Warmian-Masurian Voivodeship, in northern Poland. It lies approximately south-west of Ełk and east of the regional capital Olsztyn....

, Masuria
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 (Maleczewo, Poland) ,the son of the Prussian Politician and landowner Hermann Reck. He originally wanted to be a musician, and at one point studied medicine in Innsbruck
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. He served as an officer in the Prussian Army
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 but was dismissed due to diabetes, and married Anna Louise Büttner in 1908; they would have three daughters and a son before divorcing in 1930.

Graduating in 1911, he was a ship's doctor, in American waters, for a year. Thereafter he moved to Stuttgart to become a journalist and theatre critic for the Süddeutsche Zeitung
Süddeutsche Zeitung
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, moving to Pasing near Munich
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 in 1914. In 1933 Reck converted to Catholicism, and in 1935 he married Irmgard von Borcke, with whom he had another three daughters.

Throughout the 1920s and 1930s Reck was also a novelist, mainly of children's adventure stories. One book, Bomben auf Monte Carlo
Bomben auf Monte Carlo (novel)
Bomben auf Monte Carlo is a 1930 German comedy novel by Fritz Reck-Malleczewen. The penniless captain of a vessel puts into Monte Carlo, hoping to raise money at the gaming tables to pay his crew. While there he becomes entangled with a monarch in disguise....

, has been filmed twice. Many of his books were banned by the Nazis, and more were not published until years after his death. Today his best known work is Diary Of A Man In Despair (Tagebuch eines Verzweifelten), which is his memoir of life under Nazi rule (which he vehemently opposed), and which was published in English
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 in 1970.

Reck was denounced for reviling German purity in December 1944. In January 1945 he was sent to the concentration camp of Dachau. There he was shot in the back of the neck on February 16, 1945, though it was claimed for many years that he had died of typhus
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on the 17th.
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