50th Anniversary of the Death of Ödön von Horvath
The gifted dramatist Ödön von Horvath was born on December 9, 1901 in Susak, a suburb of Fiume (today known as Rieka). His first literary work "Das Buch der Tänze" ("Book of the Dances") was published in Munich in 1922 while he was still a student. He celebrated his first great stage success in March of 1931 in Berlin with the folk play "Italienische Nacht" ("Italian Night"). The earned recognition of his work lead to his receiving the Kleist Prize in the fall of 1931. Horvath's success as a dramatist reached its peak with the premiere of "Geschichten aus dem Wiener Wald" ("Stories from the Vienna Woods") on November 2, 1931 in Max Reinhardt's German Theater in Berlin. His success was abruptly halted when the National Socialists seized power in 1933 and a ban was imposed on his works. Horvath left Germany and travelled to Paris, making several stopovers along the way. He was killed in Paris on the evening of June 1, 1938 on the Champs-Elysees across from the Theatre Marigny, when a tree limb suddenly broke off and fell on him.
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