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Krebs, Emil, 1867-1930

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Personal name headingKrebs, Emil, 1867-1930
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Birth date1867
Death date1930
Place of birthSilesia
Place of deathBerlin (Germany)
Profession or occupationMultilingual persons Translators Sinologists Diplomats Book collectors
Found inGrube, W. Chinesische Schattenspiele, 1915: t.p. (Emil Krebs)
Emil Krebs, 2017: p. vii, etc. (born 1867; died 1930; diplomat and language genius)
Report of the Library of Congress for 1932: page 28 (A noteworthy purchase of the year was the Krebs collection of books on linguistics ... formed by Herr Emil Krebs) pages 28-29, quoting The London Times for April 5, 1930 ("Herr Emil Krebs of the German Foreign Office, whose death at the age of 63 is announced in an exchange message from Berlin, is said to have been able to speak 45 languages fluently and to have understood 20 more... While he was dragoman to the German Legation in Peking, a letter was received by the Chinese Government from a rebellious Mongolian tribe. Nobody in Peking could be found able to decipher it, until it was handed to Herr Krebs ... On another occasion, the Wilhelmstrasse received a letter in Icelandic ... and in three weeks [Herr Krebs] had mastered the language. He will be greatly missed in the Wilhelmstrasse, where, it is stated, he took the place of 30 specialists.")