14 August 1933
Postcard from Carl Rössler to Georg Hermann
Carl Rössler began working as a stage actor in Germany in the 1890s. In 1905 he devoted himself almost exclusively to writing and composed several comedies. The play that made him famous was Die Fünf Frankfurter (The Frankfurt Five), which premiered in 1911 and enjoyed great success in its day. Dealing with the Rothschild banking family, it remains Rössler’s best-known work. In collaboration with writers such as Kurt Tucholsky, Marcellus Schiffer and Ludwig Heller, Rössler wrote libretti for a variety of directors, including Max Reinhardt. He never worked with Georg Hermann and in this postcard expresses his regret about this missed opportunity.
Carl Rössler lived in a retirement home in Vienna until November 1938. His fears that the “brain disease (of Nazism)” could come into government had been far exceeded with the annexation of Austria a few months earlier and he saw no choice but to “emigrate again.” He fled to Great Britain in June 1939 and lived in Cambridge, Oxford, and then London until his death in 1948.
Vienna XIX, Hartäckerstr. 45, 14 August 33
Dear Herr Hermann!
How nice of you not to have forgotten me! I fled Berlin in early April—and ‘emigrated’ home! I was so depressed and my nerves were so shot I thought the end was near! I am living temporarily in an inexpensive “retirement home” and am trying to get back to work! I’ve heard that Ine Lederer is here in Vienna. I’ll try to find out where she is staying and send you her address! There are many German emigrants here and they’re all doing badly. Everyone is afraid that the brain disease (of Nazism) will come into government and we will have to emigrate again. I refuse to be brought into line. Too bad we never had a chance to write a play together. Perhaps we will do so in the future—a comedy that takes place in Palestine, etc., etc. I would be delighted to see you again. My regards to your daughters.
Address on the back of the card:
Georg H. Borchardt
(the author Georg Hermann)
Laren (NH) [Noord-Holland]