Tag Archives: Annette Tuffs

The journey into the blue

Annette Tuffs Heidelberg, Germany   Alfred Doblin, Copyright S. Fischer Verlag “And when I came back – I did not return. You are never the same person you were, when you left.” Thus wrote Alfred Döblin (1878-1957) in 1946, in the newspaper Badische Zeitung in Freiburg,1 a few months after ending his forced absence of […]

The morbid poet: Gottfried Benn, the morgue and the mysterious postcard

Annette Tuffs Heidelberg, Germany   The poet Gottfried Benn in 1951 Drawing by Tobias Falberg “Worst of all: not to die in summer, when everything is bright and the earth is easy on the spade.” So wrote the German poet Gottfried Benn (1886 -1956), three years before his death, in the poem “What’s bad”1. But […]

The “Samariterhaus” Hospital and the “Institute for Experimental Cancer Research” in Heidelberg

Annette Tuffs Heidelberg, Germany   Dedicated to another great German Cancer Surgeon, J.R. Siewert, who has introduced me to the legacy of Vinzenz Czerny  “Samariterhaus” Hospital On the 25th of September 1906, a large crowd of Heidelberg citizens expectantly lined the town boulevard to the university’s Great Hall, waiting to cheer on the Grand Duke Friedrich of […]

The Endell Street Military Hospital

Anne Cooper Stanmore, Australia   An Operation at the Military Hospital, Endell Street – Dr L Garrett, Dr Flora Murray, Dr W Buckley Francis Dodd, 1920. Imperial War Museum, London In 1914, when Britain declared war on Germany, the women of Britain were still being denied the vote. The parliament, headed by liberal Prime Minister […]