BORN 25 Jan 1881, Breslau (now: Wroclaw) - DIED 17 Sep 1948, Moscia, Ticino (near Ascona)|
BIRTH NAME Cohn, Emil
GRAVE LOCATION Ascona, Ticino: Cimitero Comunale, Via Losone
Emil Ludwig came from a Jewish family but wasn't raised as a Jew. He studied law, but decided to become a writer. He worked as a journalist and wrote plays and novellas. In 1906 he moved to Switzerland. During the First World War he worked as a correspondent for the Berliner Tageblatt in Vienna and Istanbul. In the 1920s he became well known for his biographies of Goethe, Bismarck, Napoleon and Jesus.
In 1930 he published an interview with Mustafa Kemal Atatürk from 1 December 1929 and in 1932 his talks with Mussolini were first published. On 13 December 1931 he interviewed Stalin in Moscow. In 1932 he became a Swiss citizen and later he emigrated to the USA. After the end of the Second World War he went to Germany as a journalist and in Jena he managed to retrieve the coffins of Goethe and Schiller that had disappeared from Weimar during the war. After the war he settled in Switzerland. He died in Ascona in 1948.
wrote about Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
wrote about Napoleon I Bonaparte
attended funeral of Reventlow, Franziska Gräfin zu
Benz, Wolfgang/Hermann, Biographisches Lexicon zur Weimarer Republik, Beck, München, 1988
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