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1893 - 1920 childhood and youth

1893

  • Rudolf Ditzen born on 21 July in Greifswald, Germany, the third of four children of Wilhelm Ditzen, a regional court judge, and his wife Elisabeth Ditzen

1899

  • Wilhelm is transferred to the Kammergericht (highest court in the state of Prussia) in Berlin and the family moves there.

since 1906

  • Bismarck Grammar School in Berlin-Wilmersdorf

1909

  • His father is appointed as a judge at the Reichsgericht (Imperial Supreme Court).
  • The family moves to Leipzig, where Rudolf attends the Königin-Carola Grammar School.

1911

  • He attends the Fürstliches Grammar School in Rudolstadt
  • a duel takes place between Rudolf and his schoolmate Hans Dietrich von Necker, who is killed. A warrant for Rudolf’s arrest is issued, the case tried in court, and Rudolf undergoes a psychiatric examination at the university hospital in Jena.

1912

  • Admission to the psychiatric hospital in Tannenfeld, Saxony
  • educated by his aunt, Adelaide Ditzen

1913

  • Trainee farmhand on an estate in Posterstein, Thuringia

1914

  • Volunteer in the First World War
  • served 11 days in the Ordnance Corps in Leipzig

1916

  • Assistant at the Landwirtschaftskammer (Chamber of Agriculture) in Stettin
  • research assistant at the Kartoffelanbau-gesellschaft in Berlin, a company dealing with potato cultivation

1917

  • Withdrawal treatment for drug addiction in Carlsfeld, Halle
  • accounts clerk on various estates

1919

  • Freelance writer in Berlin.
  • Completes first novel Der junge Goedeschal (Young Goedeschal)
  • Baumgarten manor estate near Dramburg/ Pommerania
  • Drug withdrawal treatment in Tannenfeld, Saxony

1920

  • Der junge Goedeschal published by the Rowohlt publishing house
  • Drug withdrawal treatment in Carlsfeld and Rinteln an der Weser
  • Estate administrator in Marzdorf/ West Prussia

1921

  • Patient in the Provincial Pomeranian Mental Sanatorium in Stralsund
  • Lived and worked in locations between Rostock, Stralsund and Rügen

1922

  • Position near Bad Doberan/Mecklenburg
  • Administrator on the Neu Schönfeld estate in Lower Silesia
  • Work in Marzdorf/West Prussia
  • In Gudderitz on the island of Rügen
ab 1923

1923

  • Novel Anton und Gerda
  • In Gudderitz on Rügen
  • Administrator on the manor estate Radach near Drossen
  • Bookkeeper in the grain trade in Drossen/Neumark

1924

  • Drossen
  • Prison in Greifswald
  • In Gudderitz on Rügen

1925

  • Accountant in Lübgust/Pommerania
  • Estate administrator in Neuhaus near Lützjenburg/Holstein
  • Prison in Neumünster

1928

  • Engagement to Anna Margarete Issel
  • works as an address clerk in Hamburg

1929

  • Marries on 5 April
  • works as local-news editor and advertisement seller for the General-Anzeiger newspaper in Neumünster

1930

  • Salaried employee with the Ernst Rowohlt publishing house in Berlin
  • birth of his son Ulrich on 14 March

1931

  • Novel Bauern, Bonzen und Bomben (Peasants, Bosses and Bombs)
  • purchases a house in Neuenhagen, an outlying district of Berlin

1933

  • The family moves to Berkenbrück near Berlin
  • Fallada is arrested by the SA (Storm Troopers) and detained for 11 days in the prison in Fürstenwalde
  • Birth of his daughter Lore on July 18
  • purchase of property in Carwitz, near Feldberg, Mecklenburg

1934

  • Novels Wer einmal aus dem Blechnapf frisst (Once a Jailbird) and Wir hatten mal ein Kind (Once We Had a Child)

1935

  • Novel Das Märchen vom Stadtschreiber, der aufs Land flog (Sparrow Farm)

1937

  • Novel Wolf unter Wölfen (Wolf Among Wolves)
  • death of his father on 14 April

1938

  • Novel Der eiserne Gustav (Iron Gustav)

1940

  • Novel Der ungeliebte Mann (The Unloved Man)
  • birth of his third child, Achim, on 3 April

1943

  • Novel Ein Mann will hinauf (A Man Wants to Move Up )
  • trip to France with the Reichsarbeitsdienst (Imperial Labour Service)

1944

  • Divorce from Anna Ditzen on 5 July
  • meets Ursula Losch
  • compulsory hospitalization in the psychiatric prison in Strelitz
  • Trinkermanuskript (Drinker Manuscript) is written

1945

  • Marries Ursula Losch on 1 February
  • appointed mayor of Feldberg
  • moves to Berlin
  • meets Johannes R. Becher
  • becomes a freelance writer for the Tägliche Rundschau newspaper

1946

  • Work on the novels Der Alpdruck (The Nightmare) and Jeder stirbt für sich allein (Alone in Berlin)
  • admission to the psychiatric clinic of Charité hospital in Berlin

1947

  • Dies of heart failure on 5 February in Berlin-Niederschönhausen
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