Who was Mascha Kaléko? Google celebrates German-Jewish poet with doodle

TODAY’S Google Doodle is regarding the life of German-Jewish poet, Mascha Kaléko.

A incisive and acclaimed artist, Kaléko held her last reading at the America Memorial Library in Berlin on this day in 1974.

Who was Mascha Kaléko?

Mascha Kaléko was born on 1907 in Schidlow, Galicia, in what is today southern Poland yet what was then aspect of the Austrian Empire.

Born Golda Malka Aufen, the outbreak of World War One implied she and her family had to escape Galicia and make another home in Germany, inevitably getting comfortable Berlin in 1918.

She began to compose verse as a young person and her enormous ability as an author before long shone through.

In only a couple of years she began to accomplish a degree of popularity and superstar because of the papers which were distributing her work all through Berlin.

Her poetry, chronicling the every day life of typical individuals, caught the public’s consideration and she started to visit bistros and spots where different popular artistic figures would meet.

By the mid 1930s she was a built up figure among the German capital’s literary avant-garde.

She could regularly be discovered somewhere down in discussion at the Romanische Café, the notable bohemian center frequented by eminent counterparts like Else Lasker-Schüler and Erich Kästner.

Her first book Das Lyrische Stenogrammheft (The Lyrical Shorthand Pad) was distributed in 1933 and this was followed two years after the fact by Kleine Lesebuch für Große (The Little Reader for Grown-Ups).

Her work won approvals for cleverly catching the quintessence of every day metropolitan life during the dusk of the Weimar Republic, and ironical sections investigated profound topics like social injustice and outcast.

In 1938 she left Europe for America with her second husband and youthful child.

Subsequent to living in various spots over the US, the family in the end got comfortable Greenwich Village, New York, by 1942.

After almost twenty years spent in the United States, in 1959 Kaléko got comfortable Israel and kept on composing verse for rest of her life.

Her sharp poems and chansons earned her eminent acclaim among Berlin’s avant-garde through the 1930s.

In her sonnet Das Bißchen Ruhm (A Little Bit of Glory, 2003) she allegorically composed of her notoriety as plants that must be kept up with every day care, an idea reflected in the representation of the present Doodle.

What does her Doodle show?

Artist Ramona Ring stated: “What I found compelling amongst other things was her metaphor for fame in Das Bißchen Ruhm: flowers in a greenhouse that you have to keep watering and tending.

“I also liked how she talked about leaning against rain clouds in Die frühen Jahre: the clouds were a metaphor for the hardship she had to endure already as a young child.

“Those are the elements I drew from her poetry that inspired the Doodle artwork.”

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