Erika Mann (Erika Mann)

Erika Mann

Actress, Author. The oldest daughter of famed author Thomas Mann, she became a “thorn in the side” of the Third Reich with her activities. She was born in Munich, Germany where her and her brother, Klaus Mann, had a successful career in the theater including the opening of the cabaret show Die Pfeffermühle (The Peppermill). The show was anti-Fascist and in 1933 she was forced to leave Germany. She escaped to Switzerland where she resurrected the popular show. “The Peppermill” so infuriated Hitler, that her German citizenship was revoked. She eventually moved the show to New York City where it continued to be a hit. In 1938 her book “School for Barbarians” further attacked Nazism. She later published a book about famous German exiles entitled “Escape to Life” as well as several children’s books. She returned to Switzerland in 1952 where she spent her life promoting the works of her father. She died of complications from a brain tumor. (bio by: Bigwoo)  Family links:  Parents:  Thomas Mann (1875 – 1955)  Katharina Hedwig Pringsheim Mann (1883 – 1980)  Spouses:  W. H. Auden (1907 – 1973)  Gustav Gründgens (1899 – 1963)  Siblings:  Erika Mann (1905 – 1969)  Klaus Mann (1906 – 1949)*  Monika Mann (1910 – 1992)*  Elisabeth Veronika Mann Borgese (1918 – 2002)*  Michael Mann (1919 – 1977)* *Calculated relationship


  • November, 09, 1905
  • Germany


  • August, 08, 1969
  • Switzerland


  • Kilchberg Village Cemetery
  • Zürich
  • Switzerland

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