Mann, Heinrich

BORN 27 Mar 1871, Lübeck, Schleswig-Holstein - DIED 12 Mar 1950, Santa Monica, California
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Dorotheenstädtischen Friedhof, Chausseestrasse (CAM-1-36 (Ehrengrab, 1. Weg li., li. S.) (ashes))

Elder brother of Thomas Mann. After his father died the family moved from Lübeck to Munich, where he started his career as an author. In 1914 he married the actress Maria Kanova. He made himself a name with an essay on Zola and a novel, "Der Untertan" (1919). His "Professor Unrat" was turned into the movie "Der Blaue Engel" with Marlene Dietrich. In 1928 he divorced Maria.

He was a pacifist and when the nazis came to power he left Germany and went to France, where he lived in Paris and Nice. In 1939 he married Nelly Kröger. Around the same time his first wife was deported to concentration camp Theresienstadt.

After the German occupation of France he went to Marseilles from where he fled to Spain together with Franz and Alma Werfel, travelled to Portugal and then took a boat to America. His literary successes had faded and Nelly committed suicide in Los Angeles in 1944. He was poor and lonely when he was invited to become the president of the Prussian Academy of Arts in East Germany, but he died before he could leave for Germany. His ashes were transferred to Germany in 1961.

28/3/1929Performance of Frank Wedekind's "Der Marquis von Keith" in honour of the recently deceased Albert Steinrück. It took place at the Schauspielhaus at the Gendarmemarkt in Belrin. Director was Leopold Jessner and Heinrich Mann speeched. Among the participating actors were Heinrich George, Werner Krauss, Carola Neher, Tilla Durieux, Jakob Tiedtke, Conrad Veidt, Max Pallenberg, Elisabeth Bergner, Paul Wegener, Hans Albers, Käthe Dorsch and Veit Harlan. [Albers, Hans][Bergner, Elisabeth][Brausewetter, Hans][Dietrich, Marlene][Durieux, Tilla][George, Heinrich][Goetz, Curt][Harlan, Veit][Körber, Hilde][Kortner, Fritz][Krauss, Werner][Pallenberg, Max][Steinrück, Albert][Veidt, Conrad][Wedekind, Frank][Wedekind, Tilly][Wegener, Paul]
13/10/1940The ship Nea Hellas reaches New York. It was the last official ship from Lisbon New York in 1940. On board were Franz Werfel, Anna Mahler-Werfel, Heinrich Mann, Nelly Mann, Golo Mann, Wilhelm Ellenbogen, Otto Leichter, Erna Sailer and Alfred Polgar. [Ellenbogen, Wilhelm][Mahler, Alma][Polgar, Alfred][Werfel, Franz]


The grave of Heinrich Mann at the Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (19 Aug 1996)


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Published: 26 Oct 2008
Last update: 11 Feb 2023