Jakob Wassermann





Jakob Wassermann


Born
in Fürth, Germany
March 10, 1873

Died
January 01, 1934

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Jakob Wassermann (1873 – 1934) was a German writer and novelist of Jewish descent.

Born in Fürth, he was the son of a shopkeeper and lost his mother at an early age. He showed literary interest early and published various pieces in small newspapers. Because his father was reluctant to support his literary ambitions, he began a short-lived apprenticeship with a businessman in Vienna after graduation.

He completed his military service in Nuremberg. Afterward, he stayed in southern Germany and in Switzerland. In 1894 he moved to Munich. Here he worked as a secretary and later as a copy editor at the paper Simplicissimus. Around this time he also became acquainted with other writers Rainer Maria Rilke, Hugo von Hofmannsthal, and Thomas Mann.
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“The way individuals live together. The truth of each individual is only the truth of his own narrow perspective. The entirety of mankind and of human qualities is always seen through a prisim, where its colours are broken. Observation is so utterly different from experinnce; there is no hope of fusing their contardictions, as the I and the not-I have been foes from the world's beginning.”
Jakob Wassermann, My First Wife

“Von gesellschaftlicher Annäherung konnte nicht die Rede sein, menschliche Qualität wurde nicht einmal erwogen, Geist oder auch nur jede originelle Form der Äußerung erweckte sofort Argwohn, Beförderung über eine zugestandene Grenze hinaus kam nicht in Frage, alles, weil die bürgerliche Legitimation unter der Rubrik Glaubensbekenntnis die Bezeichnung Jude trug. Aber”
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“Eher noch können wir es ertragen, daß das Individuum in uns für minderwertig proklamiert wird, als die Gattung; eher noch darf der Charakter verdächtigt werden, als die Geburt; gegen jenes kann man sich retten, man kann den Irrtum beweisen, oder wenigstens sich einbilden, ihn widerlegen zu können; gegen dieses sind alle Argumente und Beispiele machtlos,”
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