Lichtenstein, Alfred

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Lichtenstein, Alfred Gender: M
Anschil Alfred Lichtenstein
born on 23 August 1889 at 21:30 (= 9:30 PM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone LMT m13e21 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 00°50' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 29°52 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 23°11'

Alfred Lichtenstein (1914)


German expressionist writer noted for his 1911 poem "Die Dämmerung" (Twilight). He was first noticed after publishing poems and short stories in a grotesque style, which invited comparison with a friend of his, Jakob van Hoddis. Indeed, there were claims of imitation: while Hoddis created the style, Lichtenstein enlarged it, it was said. Lichtenstein played with this reputation by writing a short story, "The Winner", which describes in a scurillous way the random friendship of two young men, wherein one falls victim to the other. By using false names he often made fun of real people from the Berlin literary scene, including himself as Kuno Kohn, a silent shy boy; in "The Winner" a virile van Hoddis kills Kuno Kohn at the end of the story.

Lichtenstein admired the style of the French writer Alfred Jarry not only in his ironic writings, but like him he rode his bicycle through town. However he was not to grow old: he died at the front in World War I, on 25 September 1914, aged 25, near Vermandovillers, Somme, France.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • compare to chart of Sorge, Reinhard (born 29 January 1892). Notes: Buried in same cemetery in France


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Berlin archives.


  • Personal : Death : Short Life less than 29 Yrs (Age 25)
  • Vocation : Military : Combat
  • Vocation : Military : Killed
  • Vocation : Military : Military service (WWI)
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet