Landsberger, Artur

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(1876-1933) German author, active and prolific from around 1900 until Nazi persecution – he was Jewish – led to his suicide; he sometimes gave his first name as Arthur. He is of sf interest for his Near Future Satire Berlin ohne Juden ["Berlin Without Jews"] (1925), which is explicitly based on Hugo Bettauer's Die Stadt ohne Juden: Ein Roman von Ubermorgen (1922; trans Salomea Neumark Brainin as The City Without Jews: A Novel of our Time 1926). Landsberger's plot closely resembles Bettauer's, both tales recording their respective government's banishment of all Jews, the inevitable decline in cultural and economic life that soon follows, and the shamefaced invitation for the Jews to return. Landsberger's satire is heavier than Bettauer's; when he wrote he was three years, and one country, closer to the fire. [JC]

Artur Hermann Landsberger

born Berlin: 26 March 1876

died Berlin: 4 October 1933

works (highly selected)

  • Berlin ohne Juden ["Berlin Without Jews"] as Arthur Landsberger (Hannover, Germany: Paul Steegemann Verlag, 1925) [hb/nonpictorial]

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