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The neo-romantic poet Alfred Mombert was born in Karlsruhe in 1872. His first volume of poetry was published in 1894, but he studied law in Leipzig, Berlin, and Heidelberg, where he practiced law until 1906, before devoting himself fully to poetry. Mombert was arrested by the Gestapo in Heidelberg in 1940 and deported to the Gurs concentration camp in France. His non-Jewish friends and admirers succeeded in getting him free, and he escaped to Switzerland, where he died in Winterthur shortly after in 1942.

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Alfred Mombert, Leo Baeck Institute, F 1895.