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25.03.2012 - In memoriam Wolfram Grallert
It is only now that we can report of the death, on 19 February 2012, of Wolfram Grallert, one of the great personalities in the world of German philately. He was born in Görlitz on 30 November

It is only now that we can report of the death, on 19 February 2012, of Wolfram Grallert, one of the great personalities in the world of German philately. He was born in Görlitz on 30 November 1924. He started his career as a book seller and became, later on, a stamp dealer. He could, like perhaps nobody else, reflect on a period of nearly two generations in which he produced manuscripts and acted as an editor. He was responsible – from 1952 until 1959 as a collaborator, later on (1959-1963) as leader of the production team – for the creation of the early LIPSIA catalogues. From 1963 until 1989 he acted as stamp auctioneer and at the same time also as expert and juror. Wolfram Grallert was one of the few people who have the pleasure to see their work published in most impressive circulation figures. His Lexikon der Philatelie (‘Philatelic Encyclopaedia’) will never be forgotten. Many fellow travelers will remember his participation in the philatelic activities of the East-German Kulturbund, whilst others will remember his presence, after the German Wende (1989), at stamp fairs like the ones that are held in Sindelfingen (Germany). In recent years, things became quiet around him. Falling ill from time to time and becoming fragile because of his age curtailed him more or less. During LIPSIA 2007 (Leipzig) he was honoured as a founding member of the AIJP. Three years earlier, in 2004, he was awarded the Sieger Literature Prize for his well-known Lexikon der Philatelie.