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Plaque Honoring Heinrich Heine Dedicated in Munich; No Monument

More than a century after the death of Heinrich Heine a plaque has been unveiled at the house on Hackenstrasse where the Jewish-born German poet lived for a year in 1827-28, working as an editor in the Cotta publishing company and waiting for an academic appointment that never came.

The plaque, executed by sculptor Josef Erber, is based on a design by Prof. Fritz Ehmcke. Among the guests at the unveiling was Jewish author-playwright Wilhem Herzog, who conceived the project to honor Heinrich Heine and preserved until it was carried out. Although Munich municipal officials participated in the dedication ceremony, the plaque was in fact privately commissioned, financed and sponsored. In spite of campaigns and public collections that go back some 75 years, Germany does not to this day have a real Heine monument anywhere.

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