Else Lasker-Schüler (born in 1869 in Elberfeld, died in 1945 in Jerusalem) published Styx , her first collection of poetry, in 1902, followed by a series of prose and poetic works and dramas. She became the leading representative of German Expressionism with the collection of poems Meine Wunder in 1911. In Berlin, where she moved to with her first husband in 1894, she developed intense friendships with Georg Trakl, Gottfried Benn and Franz Marc. In 1932, Else Lasker-Schüler was given the Kleist Award and emigrated to Switzerland in 1933 where she was prohibited from working. In 1938, her German citizenship was withdrawn. From Switzerland, she went on several journeys to Palestine from where she could not return anymore when war broke out in 1939.
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