Lissauer, Ernst

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Lissauer, Ernst Gender: M
born on 10 December 1882 at 21:00 (= 9:00 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_sagcol.18.gif 18°44' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 20°59 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 21°31'

Ernst Lissauer (circa 1932)


German-Jewish poet and dramatist remembered for the phrase Gott strafe England ("May God punish England"). He also created the Hassgesang gegen England, or "Song of Hate against England".

Lissauer was "a round little man, a jolly face above a double double-chin, bubbling over with self-importance and exuberance," according to his friend Stefan Zweig. He was a committed nationalist and a devotee of the Prussian tradition as well as an ambitious poet. His devotion to German history, poetry, art and music was, in his own words, a monomania, and it only increased with the outbreak of World War I, when he penned his hate song. Wilhelm II decorated him with the Order of the Red Eagle. Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria ordered it printed on leaflets and distributed to every soldier in the army.

Despite his obvious zeal, Lissauer ended by pleasing no one. He came to be criticised by the vigorous anti-Semitic movement of the day for expressing such "fanatical hatred", which they considered "unreasonable", "utterly un-German", and "characteristic of nothing so much as the Jewish race".

Lissauer himself came to regret writing the Hassgesang, refusing to allow it to be printed in school text books. After the war he said that his poem was born out of the mood of the times, and that he did not really mean it to be taken seriously. In 1926 he said that rather than writing a hymn of hate against England it would have been better if he written a hymn of love for Germany.

In every sense an unfortunate man, Lissauer spared no pains to balance two traditions, one Jewish and the other German, at a time when history was forcing them apart. In 1936, then living in Vienna, he wrote: "To the Germans I am a Jew masked as a German; to the Jew a German faithless to Israel."

He died of a heart attack on 10 December 1937, his 55th birthday, in Vienna.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Berlin Archives. Wikipedia has 16 December in error. The 16th was the date his birth was registered; he was born on the 10th.


  • Traits : Body : Size ("round little man")
  • Traits : Body : Weight (220 lb/ 100 kg)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Heart disease/attack (Terminal)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Heart attack)
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
  • Vocation : Writers : Poet