Hajo Jahn

Hajo Jahn was born in Berlin, where Else Lasker-Schüler became famous. Like many of this wartime generation - childhood years from 1941 to 1944 in what is now Poland, escape with his parents from the GDR to West Germany in 1953 - Hajo Jahn had to work hard for his career: Elementary school student, baggage porter at the train stations of Hamburg and Witten, apprentice in the laboratory of a Witten chemical factory, miner underground at a coal mine in Dortmund and packer in a glass factory. His emigration ship to Canada left without him, because he had started early to photograph and write for local newspapers. At the last moment, he was offered a traineeship at the "Westfälische Rundschau" in Dortmund. Afterwards he worked as a freelance correspondent for WDR/ARD. 1970 - 2000 WDR studio manager in Wuppertal, reporter, radio and television presenter. Inspired by his own story, he founded the "Else Lasker-Schüler Society" in 1990 as a Berliner in Wuppertal, the birthplace of the density-rin, named after her, for which he has since published about a dozen books. His concern was the foundation (realized in Solingen) of a "Center for Persecuted Arts" - for a contemporary culture of remembrance. For him, this is more important today than ever in view of the refugee issue and xenophobia, racism and new (old) anti-Semitism.

Books by Author

  • Die Facetten des Prinzen Jussuf

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