Events | Exit Exil. Fünf Frauenleben in L.A. (3/5): Eva's Ghosts

Radio | June 17, 2022 | 10:15 AM (PDT)


with Anna Haifisch & Étienne Roeder

by Étienne Roeder
Broadcast: June 17, 2022
Time: 7:15 Uhr (CET)
Director: Philippe Brühl
Production: Deutschlandfunk 2022
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Filthy rich heiress, mistress of numerous exiled artists and ghost-seer: Eva Herrmann was the first known female cartoonist in the Western world and an unusual woman for her time. Comic artist Anna Haifisch wants to find out why she has been forgotten.

Just like Marta Feuchtwanger, Eva Herrmann was at the center of social life in exile during the Nazi era. First in Sanary-sur-Mer, later in Los Angeles, she organized soirées and parties, cultivated friendships and love affairs with writers such as Thomas Mann and Aldous Huxley, and generously

supported her friends with money. At the same time, she drew biting caricatures of Bertolt Brecht, Arnold Zweig and her lover Lion Feuchtwanger. Why is this dazzling woman almost forgotten today?

Together with Étienne Roeder, Leipzig-based cartoonist Anna Haifisch, famous for her comic series "The Artist" and resident at Villa Aurora later this year, explores the life of the early jetsetter and discovers surprising parallels.

A cooperation of Villa Aurora & Thomas Mann House and Deutschlandfunk.

After being broadcast on the radio, the radio features "EXIT EXIL. Five Women's Lives in LA" will be presented in our app "Exit Exil," which will be available free of charge in the appshops later this summer. In the coming years, it will develop into a central platform for artistic, journalistic and academic contributions focusing on German-speaking exile in the US. Current debates on migration, identity, etc. will take a prominent place. EXIT EXIL is designed as a network project and will be successively expanded by further content from alumni of the VATMH residency programs and cooperation partners from culture and science.

EXIT EXIL was developed within the framework of "dive in. Program for Digital Interactions" of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) in the NEUSTART KULTUR program.

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