Home of Leon Jessel

District: Tempelhof-Schöneberg
Address before 1945: Düsseldorfer Straße 47
Address today: Düsseldorfer Straße 47, 10707 Berlin

The pianist, musical director and composer Leon Jessel (1871–1942) lived here from 1925 till 1941. Among other works, he composed the famous operetta “The Black Forest Girl”. Despite having converted to Christianity, Jessel was excluded from the Reich Chamber of Music as a Jew in 1937 and was no longer permitted to work as a musician. In 1941 he was arrested by the Gestapo. He died in 1942 in the Jewish Hospital in Wedding (see Jewish Hospital Wedding) of the injuries he suffered while being tortured in prison. After his arrest, his wife found the score for a new composition on his desk, entitled “Everything for my Fatherland”.

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