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Guided tour: Parole Emil! - On the tracks of Erich Kästner in the Bavarian Quarter

"Emil and the Detectives", published in 1929, is probably Erich Kästner's best-known book. "Too modern" was the verdict at the time. His precise observation and description of the present were too modern. This did not please the nationalists in particular. In the book burning of 1933, his writings were already in third place.

Buchcover "Emil und die Detektive"
Buchcover "Emil und die Detektive" © CROSS ROADS - Berlin mit anderen Augen

He himself watched and described the scene. For a while he was still allowed to publish under a pseudonym, including several screenplays. From 1927 to 1929 he lived in Prague Square. No wonder Emil found his "gang" there. But Erich Kästner also wrote for adults. We go in search of traces in Wilmersdorf.

  • City guide: Monika Kleiner
  • Meeting point: Church at Hohenzollernplatz, Hohenzollerndamm, 10717 Berlin (near Hohenzollernplatz subway station)
  • For city walkers
  • Cost: 12 €
  • Aimed at: Adults
(Program in German)
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