Hermann Kesten (1900-1996) was a major figure of the last century. A friend of Erich Kästner, Joseph Roth and Ernst Toller, an author, publisher and chief editor at the Kiepenheuer publishing house in Berlin, Kesten emigrated in 1933 to Paris shortly after the seizure of power by the Nazis. In 1940 he then managed to flee to the United States. There he was involved in founding the Emergency Rescue Committee (ERC). The records of the ERC are now held in the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library.
In 1953 Hermann Kesten returned permanently to Europe, although he never lived again in Germany. He was a major figure of West German post-war literature and wrote numerous novels, short stories and essays.
Albert M. Debrunner's biography now provides the first account of Kesten's entire life.
Event organised by the German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library in cooperation with the NIMBUS. Kunst und Bücher publishing house.
Free admission. To reserve a place, please send an e-mail to exilarchiv-veranstaltungen, or call +49 (0)69 1525-1961.