Van Hoddis, Jakob

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Van Hoddis, Jakob Gender: M
Hans Davidsohn
born on 16 May 1887 at 04:45 (= 04:45 AM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone LMT m13e21 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 24°56' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 09°22 Asc.s_gemcol.18.gif 07°37'

Jakob Van Hoddis


German-Jewish expressionist poet, born Hans Davidsohn, of which his pen name "Van Hoddis" is an anagram. His most famous poem Weltende (End of the world) published on 11 January 1911 in Der Demokrat, is generally regarded as the preliminary expressionist poem which inspired many other poets to write in a similarly grotesque style; he is also seen as perhaps the only German predecessor of surrealism (which did not exist as a movement in Germany).

Unable to flee Nazi Germany, Van Hoddis, who suffered mental illness, had little chance of survival. On the 30 April 1942, he and all the other patients and staff (five hundred people) of his sanatorium were transported to Sobibór via Krasnystaw. None of them survived. The date of van Hoddis´ death remains unknown.

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  • Death by Homicide 1942 (Genocide)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield cites birth certificate quoted in "Jakob Van Hoddis: Die Odyssee Eines Verschollenen" by Helmut Hornbogen (Carl Hanser, 1986), p. 217: "der praktische Arzt Doktor medicinae Hermann Davidsohn, wohnhaft zu Berlin Grüner Weg 94, mosaischer Religion, und zeigte an, daß von der Doris Davidsohn geborenen Kempner, seiner Ehefrau, mosaischer Religion, wohnhaft bei ihm, zu Berlin in seiner Wohnung am sechzehnten Mai des Jahres tausend achthundert achtzig und sieben Vormittags um vier drei viertel Uhr ein Kind männlichen Geschlechts geboren worden sei, welches den Vornamen Hans erhalten habe." [Abridged translation: the general practitioner Hermann Davidsohn, of the Jewish religion, stated that Doris nee Kempner, his wife, residing with him at his apartment in Berlin gave birth on the sixteenth of May of the year one thousand eight hundred and eighty-seven to a male child at four three-quarter o'clock in the morning, named Hans.]


  • Diagnoses : Psychological : Mental Illness
  • Personal : Death : Other Death (Holocaust)
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet (Expressionist)