1893 1893 Rudolf Ditzen (he adopted Hans Fallada as his pen name) was born on July, 21 in Greifswald, Germany, the third of four children of Wilhelm Ditzen, a well educated judge, and his wife, Elisabeth Ditzen. Rudolf Ditzen 1906



Hans Fallada etwa 1911



Hans Fallada 1933



Hans Fallada 1946


After his father’s transfer to the Supreme Court the family moved to Berlin.
1899 Rudolf attended a grammar school, the “Prinz-Heinrich-Gymnasium” in Berlin- Schöneberg. from
1906 Attendance of the “Bismarck-Gymnasium“, a grammar school in Berlin-Wilmersdorf
1909 Appointment of his father as a judge at the Constitutional Court, the family moved to Leipzig; attendance of the “Queen Carola-Gymnasium”
1911 Attendance of the grammar school “Royal Gymnasium” in Rudolstadt, a duel with pistols between Rudolf and his mate Hans Dietrich von Necker, who was killed. A warrant for Rudolf’s arrest was issued, the case was tried in court and Rudolf underwent a psychiatric examination in the university hospoital in Jena.
1912 Admission to the private psychiatric hospital in Tannenfeld, Saxony. Education from his aunt, Adelaide Ditzen, a well educated and emancipated woman
1913 Agricultural apprentice on an estate in Posterstein, Saxony
1914 Volunteer in the First World War, served with logistics corps in Leipzig, but discharged after only 11 days
1916 Assistant at the “Landwirtschaftskammer Stettin”, an agricultural department in Pomerania; scientific collaborator at the “Kartoffelanbaugesellschaft” Berlin, a department which dealt with seed potatoes
1917 The drug-addicted Rudolf Ditzen had to go through a course of withdrawal treatment in Carlsfeld, Halle; auditor on various estates
1919 Course of withdrawal treatment in Tannenfeld, Saxony
1920 His first expressionist novel "Der junge Goedeschal" was published by Rowohlt publishing house; accountant on estates on the Island of Rügen, in Mecklenburg, West Prussia and Pomerania
1923 His second novel "Anton und Gerda"; a sentence of three months’ imprisonment because of embezzlement of money
1924 In prison in Greifswald, accountant and inspector on various estates
1925 Sentenced to two and a half years’ imprisonment because of embezzlement of money, prison in Neumünster, a town in the north of Germany, not far from Hamburg
1928 Engagement to Anna Margarete Issel; worked at a mailing list broker in Hamburg
1929 Marriage on April 5; worked as a seller of advertisements for an advertisement section and a local-news editor at the "General- Anzeiger", a local newspaper of Neumünster
1930 A salaried employee of his publisher Ernst Rowohlt in Berlin; birth of his son Ulrich on March, 14
1931 Socially critical novel „Bauern, Bonzen und Bomben“, purchase of a terraced house in Neuenhagen, an outlying district of Berlin
1932 Worldwide success of the novel “Kleiner Mann, was nun?“ (Little Man, What Now?)
1933 The family moved to Berkenbrück, a village near Berlin, Fallada was arrested by the SA, an armed and uniformed branch of the NSDAP, 11 days’ detention in the prison in Fürstenwalde, birth of his daughter Lore on July 18, purchase of property in Carwitz, near Feldberg, Mecklenburg
1934 Novels "Wer einmal aus dem Blechnapf frißt" and "Wir hatten mal ein Kind"
1935 Novel "Das Märchen vom Stadtschreiber, der aufs Land flog"
1937 Novel "Wolf unter Wölfen" (Wolf Among Wolves); death of his father on April, 14
1938 Novel "Der eiserne Gustav"
1940 Novel "Der ungeliebte Mann"; birth of the third child Achim on April, 3
1943 Novel "Ein Mann will hinauf", travelling to France with the Reich Labour Service
1944 Divorce from Anna Ditzen on July, 5; made Ursula Losch’s acquaintance; forced into the psychiatric prison in Strelitz; origin of the “Manuscript of an Alcoholic”
1945 Married Ursula Losch on February, 1; became mayor of Feldberg; moved to Berlin; met Johannes R. Becher; became a freelance worker for the newspaper “ Tägliche Rundschau”
1946 Work on the novels "Der Alpdruck" and "Jeder stirbt für sich allein"(Alone in Berlin); plagued by drugs and alcohol, therefore admission to the psychiatric clinic of the “Charite” in Berlin
1947 Died of heart failure on February 5, in Berlin-Niederschönhausen
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