Kurt Tucholsky

Kurt Tucholsky was born in Berlin’s Moabit district in 1890. He studied law, initially without completing his exams. In 1914 he earned a PhD in law. Already as a student he developed a serious interest in literature. For twenty years, beginning in 1913, he wrote regularly for the “Schaubühne” (later, the “Weltbühne”). From 1918 to 1920 he served as editor-in-chief of the satirical magazine “Ulk” (see Mosse Building). The humorous, political-satirical texts he published in the “Berliner Tageblatt”, often under a pseudonym, were also popular with readers. Early on, Tucholsky recognized the danger that the National Socialists posed to the republic and to democracy. Already in 1932 he emigrated to Sweden. Depressed by the developments in Germany, he committed suicide in exile in 1935.


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