Events | Exit Exil. Fünf Frauenleben in L.A. (5/5): The Misjudged

Radio | July 8, 2022 | 10:15 AM (PDT)


with Michaela Ullmann, Benno Herz & Étienne Roeder

by Étienne Roeder
Broadcast: June 8, 2022
Time: 7:15 Uhr (CET)
Director: Philippe Brühl
Production: Deutschlandfunk 2022
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Heinrich Mann's wife Nelly Kröger came from a humble background. Exiled in L.A., she felt all the contempt of the upper-middle-class intellectual Mann-family. Étienne Roeder follows her footsteps in Los Angeles.

A fairy tale-like story: A bar girl falls in love with a rich, respectable man. They marry and could be happy together. But the uneducated and penniless Nelly Kroeger was never accepted by her husband's famous family.

Without his wife, Heinrich Mann would probably never have survived the grueling escape to France and later America. Lonely and desperate, she took her own life in 1944.

In the last episode of the series "Exit Exile" Étienne Roeder travels to L.A. to learn more about this tragic life and to personally visit the places of the past episodes.

A cooperation of Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House and Deutschlandfunk.

After being broadcast on the radio, the radio features "EXIT EXIL. Five Women's Lives in LA" will be presented in our app "Exit Exil," which will be available free of charge in the appshops later this summer. In the coming years, it will develop into a central platform for artistic, journalistic and academic contributions focusing on German-speaking exile in the US. Current debates on migration, identity, etc. will take a prominent place. EXIT EXIL is designed as a network project and will be successively expanded by further content from alumni of the VATMH residency programs and cooperation partners from culture and science.

EXIT EXIL was developed within the framework of "dive in. Program for Digital Interactions" of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) in the NEUSTART KULTUR program.

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