Home of Franz Hessel

District: Tempelhof-Schöneberg
Address before 1945: Hohenstaufenstraße 21
Address today: Hohenstaufenstraße 21, 10779 Berlin

The author and translator Franz Hessel (1880–1941) lived here from 1928 until his emigration in 1938. He had previously (from 1888) lived at Genthiner Straße 43, and had returned to Berlin after an extended stay in Paris. Hessel now began working as an editor at the Rowohlt Publishing House and translated works by Giacomo Casanova, Honoré de Balzac and Marcel Proust. Despite having been living under a professional ban since 1933, it was only shortly before the November pogroms of 1938 that he decided to flee to Paris. After the occupation of France by the Germans, he was briefly interned at the Les Milles camp near Aix en Provence. He died at Sanary-sur-Mer from the effects of his internment shortly after his release. His son Stéphane Hessel (1917–2013) was a resistance fighter and concentration camp survivor who had a career as a diplomat and author after the war.


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