Adorno, Gretel

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Adorno, Gretel Gender: F
Margarete Karplus
born on 10 June 1902 at 13:30 (= 1:30 PM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 18°40' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 17°48 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 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)



  • Death : Suicide Attempt 1969
  • Death, Cause unspecified 1993

Source Notes

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