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The expressionist poet Jacob van Hoddis, a vivid part of the literary scene in Berlin, was born as Hans Davidsohn in Berlin in 1887. His pen name is an anagram of his original name. Hoddis' most famous poem "Weltende" (End of the world), published on 11 January 1911 in 'Der Demokrat', is generally regarded as THE preliminary expressionist poem. Jacob van Hoddis died in Sobibor in 1942.
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Portrait of Jacob van Hoddis, Leo Baeck Institute, F 2532.
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