Category Archives: People

Joseph Schmidt

Tenor and actor Joseph Schmidt was born in March 1904 in the Austro-Hungarian village of Davideny, which became part of Romania after WW1 and is now in Ukraine.   His mother encouraged him into a career in music despite objections … Continue reading

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Jeanne Mammen

  (pic: Artist and Illustrator Jeanne Mammen lived and worked on the fourth floor of the rear building at Ku’damm 29 for over 50 years. Berlin born, she studied art in Paris, Brussels and Rome before returning home to … Continue reading

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Walter Jurmann

Austrian-born musician and songwriter Walter Jurmann was drawn to Berlin at the height of the Weimar era and immediately found both a home in the ultra-modern new Erich Mendelsohn housing development on the Ku’Damm and work playing the piano in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Mr. Bachardy

The portrait artist Don Bachardy is 80 today. Donald Jess Bachardy was born on May 18th 1934 in Los Angeles.  In February of 1953, he met the British writer Christopher Isherwood, 30 years his senior, and they began a relationship … Continue reading

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April 24th 1970

“Then I had lunch with Jean Ross and her daughter Sarah, and three of their friends at a little restaurant in Chancery Lane. Jean looks old but still rather beautiful and she is very lively and active and mentally on … Continue reading

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