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Richard Plant (July 22, 1910 – March 3, 1998) was a German-American writer. He is said to have written, in addition to the works published under his own name, several detective novels or Kriminalromane, on which he collaborated with Dieter Cunz and Oskar Seidlin, and which were published under the collective pen-name of Stefan Brockhoff.
Richard Plant was born Richard Plaut in Frankfurt am Main to the family of the town councillor Theodor Plaut. His grandfather had been the Chief Rabbi of that city. His father was secular, no-religious, and a socialist medical doctor. Upon the accession of the Nazis to power in Germany in 1933 and the zealous enforcement of the provisions of Paragraph 175 of the criminal code against homosexuality, he was obliged to leave Germany for Switzerland in concert with his partner, Oskar Seidlin. His immediate family did not leave, for "It won't be so bad," was their feeling. Here he obtained a doctorate from the University of Basle (Universität Basel) in 1935 with a dissertation on Arthur Schnitzler, written under the supervision of Franz Zinkernagel (1878–1935) and Eduard Hoffmann-Krayer (1864–1937). Meanwhile, his dad and step-mother left Germany for California. Could an excellent physician begin again, pass exams in the US, in a new language? Some of his patients in Germany were high officials. They returned to the Reich. Shortly after Kristall Nacht, they committed suicide.
His first non-academic book seems to have been a children’s tale, Die Kiste mit dem großen S., published in 1936. This was followed in 1938 by his Taschenbuch des Films. In the same year, Richard Plaut arrived in the United States, where he eventually adopted the name Richard Plant. Here another children’s book, S.O.S. Geneva, co-authored with Oskar Seidlin, was published in October 1939. His next book had to await the end of the Second World War, when The Dragon in the Forest appeared in 1948. After Richard Plant made it to the US, he also worked for Klaus Mann, son of Thomas, and he did some work for Siegfried Kracauer. He also did some broadcasts for NBC that were related to work for the OSS, the predecessor to the American CIA.
Plant died in New York City on March 3, 1998.