Date of Birth: 03/18/1904
Place of birth: London
Citizenship: United Kingdom
Conze was born in London in 1904. His father belonged to the German aristocracy. His family was Protestant. His mother, with whom he had a very difficult relationship, and later crossed to Catholicism. Conze claimed to be a relative of Friedrich Engels.
Conze was born in England and received British citizenship on the grounds that his father had served as vice-consul at the German Embassy. He studied in a number of German universities, and in 1928 received his doctorate in philosophy from the University of Cologne, and then continued his posledoktorskie studies in comparative European and Indian philosophy in Bonn and the University of Hamburg. Conze had a phenomenal ability to learn languages ??and to the 24-th year has mastered fourteen languages, including Sanskrit. Like many Europeans of his generation, he became interested in theosophy, and engaged in serious study of astrology, and even went on to become an astrologer.
During the growing popularity of Adolf Hitler, Conze made a staunch opponent of the Nazi regime. From anti-fascist intentions, he seriously studied the works of Marxist and joined the Communist Party. For a time he was the leader of the communist movement in Bonn. In his autobiography,