Alfred Döblin – born in Stettin in 1878 – lived in Berlin-Charlottenburg from 1930 to 1933. During these years he not only had his apartment at Kaiserdamm 28, but he also practiced as a doctor there.
The writer can be accurately described as a groundbreaking literary innovator and pacesetter for subsequent generations of authors. Günter Grass, for example, called him his teacher. Döblin's work already had an influence on Bertolt Brecht and Lion Feuchtwanger during his lifetime.
Experiments in style, sudden changes in perspective and breaking away from causal narrative patterns made him not only the leading representative of expressionist literature, but also a central figure of the avant-garde in the first half of the 20th century.
Born into an assimilated Jewish family, Döblin converted to the Catholic faith in 1941. In 1936 he took French citizenship while in exile. Both his life and his books are characterized by a richness that needs to be illuminated. Alfred Döblin, the author of the famous urban novel “BERLIN ALEXANDERPLATZ”, has created a work whose scope and diversity are still partly waiting to be discovered.