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Heinz Bluhm, German foreign language educator. Decorated Grand Cross Order of Merit (Federal Republic Germany); Fellow Pierson College, Yale University; Guggenheim fellow, 1957, Newberry fellow, 1958-1960. 80. 87-93, senior fellow, 1967; Huntington Library. fellow, 1973; Folger Shakespeare Library. fellow, 1974, American Council Learned Societies fellow, 1975, 78; Herzog August Bibliothek fellow, 1979.


Bluhm, Heinz was born on November 23, 1907 in Halle, Germany. Son of Fritz and Luise (Henke) Bluhm. came to the United States, 1925, naturalized, 1931.


Bachelor of Arts, Northwestern College, Watertown, Wisconsin, 1928;Master of Arts, University Wisconsin, 1929;Doctor of Philosophy, University Wisconsin, 1932;postgraduate, Yale, 1930-1931;Master of Arts (honorary), Yale, 1950.


Instructor German, University of Wisconsin, 1931-1937;instructor German, Yale University, 1937-1939;assistant professor, Yale University, 1939-1944;associate professor, Yale University, 1944-1950;professor, Yale University, 1950-1967;Leavenworth professor German language and literature, Yale University, 1957-1967;department chairman Germanic language, Yale University, 1954-1963;professor Germanic studies, Boston College, since 1967;director Germanic studies, Boston College, 1967-1968;department chairman, Boston College, 1968-1976. Visiting professor German University of Minnesota, 1938, 61, Dartmouth, 1964, University of California-Berkeley, 1968. Adjunct Professor Boston Theological Institute, since 1976.


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    • Author: Martin Luther, Creative Translator, 1965, Luther Translator of Paul, 1984. Contributor to: Luther for an Ecumenical Age, 1967. Editor: Letters and Diaries of the Goethe Family, 7 vols, 1961-1979, Newberry Library, Essays in Language and Literature, 1965, Luther's Essays on Christian Culture and Education, 1968, Das Erlebnis und die Interpretation, 1973.

      Luther translator of Paul: Studies in Romans and Galatians, 1984, Studies in Luther, 1987. Contributor articles on Luther and German literature to professional periodicals.


Member Modern Language Association, Renaissance Society of America Clubs: Elizabethan (Yale University).


Married Helen McClure Berry, August 15, 1938. Children– Peter, Louise, Margaret, Christopher.

Fritz Bluhm

Luise (Henke) Bluhm

Helen McClure Berry

Peter Bluhm

Louise Bluhm

Margaret Bluhm

Christopher Bluhm