Kerr, Alfred

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Kerr, Alfred Gender: M
Alfred Kempner
born on 25 December 1867 at 12:15 (= 12:15 PM )
Place Breslau, Germany, 51n0654, 17e0212
Timezone LMT m17e0212 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 03°15' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 27°32 Asc.s_aricol.18.gif 16°50'

Alfred Kerr (portrayed by Lovis Corinth, 1907)


German-Jewish theatre critic and essayist, nicknamed the Kulturpapst ("Pope of Culture"). In the 1920s he was hostile to Bertolt Brecht, and assailed him with accusations of plagiarism. In 1933 Kerr, his wife, Julia, and his children fled Germany for France via Czechoslovakia and Switzerland. They moved on to London in 1935. His books were amongst those burnt in May 1933 by the Nazis when they came to power; Kerr had attacked the Nazi Party publicly. Kerr took British citizenship in 1947. In 1948 he visited Hamburg at the start of a planned tour of several German cities but suffered a stroke, and ended his own life on 12 October 1948 (overdose of veronal procured for him by his wife).

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Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes "Lesebuch zu Leben und Werk" by Alfred Kerr et al (Argon-Verlag, 1987), p. 13: "Ich bin zu Breslau in der Weihnacht 1867, nicht lange nach zwölf Uhr, geboren, als der Sohn des Weinhändlers Emanuel Kempner." [Translation: I was born at Breslau on Christmas day, 1867, not long after twelve clock, born the son of wine merchant Emanuel Kempner].


  • Personal : Death : Suicide
  • Vocation : Writers : Critic (Theatre critic)
  • Vocation : Writers : Other Writers (Essayist)