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Hans Margulies (1889 - 1960)

The Early Years


Geboren am 27.XI.1889 in Sosnwice, im damaligen Russisch-Polen
als Sohn eines österreichischen Staatsangehörigen.
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Born on 27th. November 1889 in Sosnowice, in what was then Russian-Poland,
son of an austrian citizen.
Hans Margulies, CV

Hans has three dates of birth:
He also has three names: sometimes he wrote Hans and sometimes Hanns, and in his marriage certificate he is Johann. An Internet-Search for "Hanns Margulies" finds many entries, but a search for "Hans Margulies" finds much more !

He was born in Sosnowiec, nr. Katowice (Kattowitz), then Russian-Poland. In Katowice he went to school with Arnold Zweig, and later, in Haubinda, his schoolmates included Erich von Mendelssohn and Bruno Frank.

He gained his "matura" (school leaving exam) in Vienna[1] and then
Studierte in Deutschland und Österreich.
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studied in Germany and Austria. Hans Margulies, CV

He lived for a while in Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin, in the Scherenbergstrasse 5 - perhaps during his studies ? Looking out of my office window, I can see the shop at Kurfürstendamm 215, which until recently, was the premises of a Gentleman's Outfitters, Edmund Wünsch. This, presumably, is where he bought the blue tie, which I now have, and, which, now and then, I still wear !

A speculative thought:
I have some photos of the three Remenyi sisters, Tilde, Annus and Maria, with the description "Berlin 1916".

1912 Dramaturg der Volksbühne Wien unter Stefan Grossmann und Dr. Arthur Rundt.
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Dramatic advisor at the Volksbühne Vienna under Stefan Grossmann und Dr. Arthur Rundt. Hans Margulies, CV

This was from 1912-1914 [1][2]

1914-1918: Kriegsdienstleistung, Oberleutnant eines Infanterieregiments [...]
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1914-1918: War services, Lieutenant in an infantery regiment [...] Hans Margulies, CV

He served in the Austrian Army from 1914 to 1918.
However, there is a slight discrepancy (or plain lack of knowledge !) here: According to a letter from the Austrian War Archive Hans was conscripted in 1911 and had to serve 3 years. But maybe I've misunderstood this and he was only conscripted for one year. See next page: The Army Years .

Other sources:

  1. International Biographical Dictionary of Central European Emigrés 1933-1945; K. G. Sauer Verlag, München, 1983
  2. Heymann, Werner Richard: "Liebling, mein Herz lässt dich grüssen", Henschel 2001.

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