Heinrich Mann

1871 (Lübeck, Germany) – 1950 (Santa Monica, Calif.)

Mann was a significant satirical and critical voice in Weimar Germany. Kollwitz and he tried to unite artists against Nazi policies, and together visited Einstein to seek his support. Mann collaborated with Piscator, cooperated with Sternberg, shared a house with Roth, and corresponded with Polgar, Erdős, Aragon, Schnitzler, Wells and Lasker-Schüler. He fled over the Pyrenees (aged and unfit) with Werfel, and found himself part of an exiled community in California with Brecht, Feuchtwanger (both long-term friends), Döblin, Herzfelde and Bloch, overshadowed and supported in his decline by his less widely-liked brother Thomas.

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