Marcuse, Herbert

BORN 19 Jul 1898, Berlin - DIED 29 Jul 1979, Starnberg, Bayern
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Dorotheenstädtischen Friedhof, Chausseestrasse (CU 3 - 6 - 1)

Herbert Marcuse was a soldier during the First World War. When the revolution broke out in 1918 he was a member of the council of soldiers in Berlin-Reinickendorf. He studied philosophy in Berlin and Freiburg and in 1924 he married Sophie Wertheim. In 1930 he founded the Institut für Sozialforschung in Frankfurt am Main together with Erich Fromm and Max Horkheimer.

In 1932 he emigrated to Switzerland. He moved on to Paris and to the USA in 1934. In 1940 he became an American citizen. During the Second World War he worked for the intelligence agency OSS. After the war he worked for the Russian Institute of Columbia University, New York. After Sophie's dead in 1951 he married Inge Neumann in 1954.

From 1954 to 1965 he was a professor at the Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. In 1967 he published "One-Dimensional Man", in which he turned himself against capitalism. From 1972 to 1979 he was professor at the Freien Universität Berlin. After Inge's death he married Erica Sherover in 1976. He died in 1979 during a visit to Germany. His ashes were kept by his family until they were buried in his native Berlin in 2003.


The grave of Herbert Marcuse at the Dorotheenstädtischen Friedhof, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (26 Mar 2007)


LeMO Biografie Herbert Marcuse
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Mardayn, Christl

Published: 13 Mar 2010
Last update: 27 Jan 2022