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Big name, big story and History with capital H.


Ernst Theodor Amadeus (originally “Wilhelm” but he changed that name later) Hoffmann, a man of many skills and talents dies in Berlin at the age of 46 defeated by syphilis and the consequences of alcohol abuse.

E.T.A. Hoffmann, for this is how History knows him today, was an accomplished writer, caricaturist, lawyer, musician and composer. One of his best known literary works is a story of a little girl whose favourite Christmas toy becomes alive, fights a victorious battle against an evil king only to turn into a handsome prince later and marry the lucky little thing.

The story is called The Nutcracker And The Mouse King and in 1892 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky working together with two choreographers of Russian Imperial Ballet, Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov turned it into one of the greatest ballets in history: The Nutcracker.

ETW (his original initials) Hoffmann´s grave at the cemeteries "Vor dem Halleschen Tor"

ETW (his original initials) Hoffmann´s grave at the cemeteries “Vor dem Halleschen Tor”

E.T.A. Hoffmann is buried at the Friedhof III der Jerusalems- und Neuen Kirchengemeinde (The 3rd Cemetery of Jerusalem’s Church and New Church Parishes) in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

 And here is a great Russian animated film from 1973 based on Hoffmann´s story and Tchaikovsky´s ballet – almost as dark as the original and still appealing to your imagination. Enjoy!

2 comments on “TODAY IN KREUZBERG: JUNE 25th – E.T.A. Hoffmann


  2. berlioz1935
    June 27, 2013

    Of course I like E.T.A. Hoffmann. What a multi facet guy he was. He practically invented music critic. He worked in Warsaw too. He worked in the old Kammer Gericht (today the Jewish Museum) and went to Lutter & Wegner and wrote his many stories. Jacques Offenbach turned that into the opera “Tales of Hoffman”. He influenced so many people and other artists. People often know his stories but don’t know who the writer was.


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