Kästner, Erich

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Kästner, Erich Gender: M
Emil Erich Kästner
born on 23 February 1899 at 02:15 (= 02:15 AM )
Place Dresden, Germany, 51n03, 13e44
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Accuracy in question
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Müller
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 04°15' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 06°19 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 07°40'

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Erich Kästner
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German author, novelist, poet, screenwriter and satirist who is especially known for his children’s books.

His children’s books are notable for their humor and respect for the child’s moral seriousness. The most famous of these, Emil und die Detektive (1929; Emil and the Detectives), was several times dramatized and filmed.

His post-World War II works are characterized by a greater emphasis on social philosophy but do not sacrifice their elegance and entertaining qualities.

During the 1920s Kästner became one of the most important intellectual figures in the German capital. He published poems, newspaper columns, articles, and reviews in many of Berlin's important periodicals. Kästner was a regular contributor to different daily newspapers.

Kästner was a pacifist and was opposed to the Nazi regime. The Nazis burnt Kästner's books as "contrary to the German spirit" during the infamous book burnings of 10 May 1933. Kästner witnessed the event in person.

Kästner never married. He had one son.

He died 29 July 1974, Munich.

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Source Notes

Arno Müller, vol 2. Taeger quotes Ebertin for 3.45 am.

Sy Scholfield quotes "morgens gegen vier Uhr" (towards 4 AM) from Die Zeit ist kaputt. Die Lebensgeschichte des Erich Kästner by Klaus Kordon (Beltz & Gelberg, 1995), p. 11: "Eine Liebeserklärung des achtundfünf zigjährigen Erich Kästner an die inzwischen kriegszerstörte ehemalige königlich sächsische Haupt- und Residenzstadt, in der er am 23. Februar 1899, morgens gegen vier Uhr, geboren wird. Doch er kommt nicht in der Innenstadt dieser einst als »Elbflorenz« gerühmten Stadt der Künste und Museen zur Welt, sondern im eher grauen Vorort Neustadt, noch genauer: dicht unterm Dach der Königsbrücker Straße 66."


  • Family : Relationship : Married late/never
  • Vocation : Writers : Children's literature
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (children’s books.)