Gottfried Benn was born on May 2, 1886, in Mansfield, Germany
Benn is distinguished from most of the other authors within the German Expressionist collection due to the fact that he, instead of fleeing Germany in 1933 or refraining from getting overly involved with the politics of his time, chose to side with the Nazi regime and show his support for Hitler. He orally and publicly defended the regime in a radio broadcast (“a Reply to the Political Emigrants,” 1933), in the hopes that the Nazi party would take up the aesthetic form of Expressionism as their own. In 1937, he was prohibited from continued publishing, at which point he rejoined the army. Benn played a role in the exile of Heinrich Mann from Germany.
Benn also dedicated one of his books of poetry, Der Sohne, to Else Lasker-Schüler (PT 2603.B46 S6 Rare Stacks; signed copy).
From Den Traum alleine tragen. Neue Texte, Briefe, Dokumente. (Hrsg. von Paul Raabe und Max Niedermayer). (Pub. 1966) Rare Stacks PT2603.E46 Z535