Alfred Döblin, born in Stettin in 1878, opened a medical practice in Berlin in 1911. Döblin’s first major novel was published by S. Fischer in 1915/16. His greatest success was the novel Berlin Alexanderplatz, also S. Fischer, published in 1929. In 1933 Döblin emigrated to France and from there to the USA. After 1945 he initially returned to Germany but then moved to Paris with his family in 1953. Alfred Döblin died on 26 June 1957.