Roda Roda, Alexander

DRAMATIST, NOVELIST (AUSTRIA)
BORN 13 Apr 1872, Drnowitz (now Drnovice), Czech Republic - DIED 20 Aug 1945, New York City, New York
REAL NAME Rosenfeld, Sandór Friedrich
GRAVE LOCATION Wien: Feuerhalle Simmering, 11., Simmeringer Hauptstraße 337 (Abteilung 2, Ring 1, Gruppe 2, Grab 31)

Alexander Roda Roda's real name was Sandór Rosenfeld. He was in the Austrian army from 1892 until 1902, when he was forced to leave after he had made fun of it in the magazine Simplicissimus. In 1900 he had a liaison with actress Adele Sandrock, who was nine years his senior. They wanted to marry, but their affair ended in September 1901.

He started a career as an author, writing plays and stories. In 1904 he moved to Berlin, where he was succesful as a cabaret author and artist. His popular piece "Der Feldherrnhügel" was immediately forbidden in Austria in 1910.

During the First World War he lived in Munich, Paris and Berlin. When the nazi's came to power in 1933 he moved back to Austria. In 1938 he left for Switzerland and in 1940 he went to the United States, where he died in New York in 1945.

Related persons
• was the lover of Sandrock, Adele

Sources
Roda Roda, Alexander eigentlich Alexander Sándor Rosenfeld
Roda Roda
Literaturhaus Wien: Literaturhaus

Images

The grave of Alexander Roda Roda at the Feuerhalle Simmering, Vienna.
Picture by Androom (25 Aug 2005)

 


Rodenbach, Georges

Published: 16 Jul 2006
Last update: 9 Sep 2011