He Tried to Reinvent Himself as a Catholic. The Germans Still Saw Him as a Jew

Living in exile in Los Angeles during World War II, Alfred Döblin stunned his fellow German émigrés with his conversion to Catholicism – the main theme of his 1949 memoir. But after returning to his homeland, he failed to reinvent himself

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Abraham Rubin
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In an undated letter from the early 1950s, Erna Döblin sought to confront her husband, the celebrated modernist writer Alfred Döblin (1878-1957) and author of the renowned Weimar-era novel “Berlin Alexanderplatz,” with the unpleasant facts of his “homecoming” to postwar West Germany.

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