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By Theodor W. Adorno

'My dears: this is often yet a short be aware to welcome you to the hot global, the place you're now not all too far-off from us. ‘ So starts Adorno’s letter to his mom and dad in may possibly 1939, welcoming them to Cuba the place that they had simply arrived after fleeing from Nazi Germany on the final minute. on the finish of 1939 his mom and dad moved back to Florida after which to manhattan, the place they lived from August 1940 till the tip in their lives. it is just with Adorno’s movement to California on the finish of 1941 that his letters to his mom and dad begin arriving once again, reporting on paintings and dwelling stipulations in addition to on acquaintances, neighbors and the Hollywood stars of his time. One reveals studies of his collaborations with Max Horkheimer, Thomas Mann and Hanns Eisler along bills of events, clowning round with Charlie Chaplin, and ill-fated amorous affairs. however the letters additionally express his consistent eager for Europe: Adorno already started to take into consideration his go back once america entered the battle.

Adorno’s letters to his mom and dad – absolutely the main open and direct letters he ever wrote – not just come up with the money for the reader a glimpse of the reports that gave upward push to the well-known Minima Moralia, but in addition exhibit Adorno from a formerly unknown, very own aspect. They finish with the 1st experiences from the ravaged Frankfurt to his mom – who remained in ny – and from Amorbach, Adorno’s early life paradise

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Schafer, who was once director of nonetheless images at Paramount (he labored for Columbia Studios prior to 1942), Luli Deste used to be born in Vienna, was once a dancer and singer, and taken 3 Afghan hounds together with her to the United States from Europe. In 1937 she performed along Edward G. Robinson in Thunder within the urban, in 1938 in She Married an Artist, and in 1940 in South of Karanga and Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe. Luli Deste used to be the pseudonym of Julie von Bodenhausen, the daughter of Eberhard von Bodenhausen – director of the Krupp works from 1907 to 1910, then at the supervisory board and in 1918 chairman of the supervisory board – who used to be born in 1902 and married a definite count number Schlitz, often called Goertz; she died in 1952. 2 fake: EO. 3 The spouse of Reinhold Zickel (1885–1953), Adorno’s German instructor; see GS 20. 2, pp. 756–67. 4 down: EO. 5 After the founding of Frankfurt airport, count number Egon von Beroldingen (1885–1933) used to be its director, and from 1926 to 1928 he was once president of the soccer membership Eintracht Frankfurt. 6 See letter no. fifty four, observe three. 7 Alfons Herzberger? 84  LOS ANGELES, 7. 7. 1943 429 WEST 117TH highway ny, N. Y. Los Angeles,7 July 1943. My dears, this is often simply to let you know – amid a mad rush of labor – that, apart from being very drained, we're all good. If every thing is going easily, I will be going to San Francisco with Gretel on 1 August to spend three quiet, undisturbed days, and at the 4th will commute directly to N. Y. and to you, the place I shall remain – with out doing any paintings whatever – till the top of the month. probably a number of days of N. Y. after that, yet i must be again first and foremost of September. we've accomplished our first lengthy record advert Antis. On Saturday we had our first hearing,1 with Max and Mrs Colburn (our landlady) as witnesses; all of it went rather well, however it might nonetheless take a 12 months until eventually the naturalization is ultimate. One comfort: emigrants at the moment are being naturalized. within the night there has been a major collecting on the Dieterles, with plenty of mammoth shots2 and the Russian movie approximately Stalingrad. three On Sunday we have been on the Zilzers (Lotte Mosbacher) with a small yet particularly friendly team of individuals. subsequent Sunday a massive get together at our position in honour of Davidson Taylor,4 the manager programme director at CBS. subsequent week Max goes ‘away’ for 10 days, i. e. to a suburb, so we can have a bit relaxation. in addition to every little thing else, Luli has consistent (justified) apprehensive breakdowns, and Gretel has to convenience her. we're extending the agreement on our condominium for one more 2 years – optimistically it is possible for you to to work out it quickly in any case. Forgive my stupidity – i'm hoping quickly to develop into extra clever back as soon as i'm at your home. Fond regards, additionally to Julie kisses out of your outdated baby Teddie The enterprise with the assertion of resources is understood right here too. Fritz will check in the German institute’s resources (buildings and sizeable library). every little thing that belongs to Gretel is less than Melly’s identify. Fond regards, i'm waving with my little horns Your previous Giraffe Gazelle unique: handwritten letter with published letterhead.

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