|born on||10 June 1902 at 13:30 (= 1:30 PM )|
|Place||Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21|
|Timezone||MET h1e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||18°40' 17°48 Asc. 06°07'|
German chemist and entrepreneur.
From 1933 to 1937 she ran a company making leather gloves in Berlin. In the 1920s, she mixed with Berlin's intellegentsia, including Walter Benjamin, Ernst Bloch and Herbert Marcuse. In 1923 she met Theodor W. Adorno, whom she married in 1937 in exile in London. In 1938 the couple moved to the United States, returning to Germany in 1949. Gretel Adorno became an assistant at the Institute for Social Research in Frankfurt am Main.
Soon after the sudden death of her husband in 1969, she attempted suicide, and was significantly impaired for the rest of her life. She was financially supported by the Hermann Reemtsma Foundation.
The book, The Dialectic of Enlightenment, a summary of conversations between her husband Theodor W. Adorno and Max Horkheimer, was published in 1947 by the Querido publishing house in Amsterdam.
Gretel Adorno was co-executor of Theodor W. Adorno's estate as well as parts of the estate of Walter Benjamin.
She died in 1993.
Link to Wikipedia biography (German)
- associate relationship with Benjamin, Walter (born 15 July 1892)
- associate relationship with Bloch, Ernest (born 24 July 1880)
- spouse relationship with Adorno, Theodor W. (born 11 September 1903)
- Death : Suicide Attempt 1969
- Death, Cause unspecified 1993
Sy Scholfield quotes Staci Lynn Von Boeckmann, "The Life and Work Of Gretel Karplus/Adorno: Her Contributions to Frankfurt School Theory" (University of Oklahoma, 2004): "Margarete Karplus was born at 1:30 p.m. at a clinic on Königin-Augusta-Straße in Berlin on June 10, 1902 to Emilie Karplus, nèe Cahn, and her husband, Josef Albert Karplus, engineer, chemist and factory owner."
- Personal : Death : Suicide Attempt
- Vocation : Business : Entrepreneur
- Vocation : Science : Chemistry