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“The greatest poet Germany has ever had,” said Gottfried Benns about Else Lasker-Schuler, 40 years after the two met.


In 1912 they fall in love. She was 43 at the time and he was 26. An unequal couple, not just in terms of age. Else Lasker-Schuler, the Jewish poet, is considered a sensation in Wilhelmine Berlin. She appears in oriental robes, loves androgynous role-playing games and declares herself the Prince of Thebes. Else Lasker-Schuler must also have had an enormous fascination with the pastor's son from the Brandenburg province, the doctor and poet Gottfried Benn.

The two celebrate their love in public in the form of poems. Their poetic liaison far outlasts the real love relationship.

But their lives clearly took completely opposite directions: while Gottfried Benn initially embraced National Socialism, Else Lasker-Schuler emigrated to Zurich in 1933 and finally to Jerusalem in 1934.

They left us their poetic dialogue. It is important to discover both what these two personalities have in common and what separates them.


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Maria Hartmann