Hans Fallada House

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The Hans Fallada House in Carwitz

The Hans Fallada House , named after Hans Fallada, is a writer's museum founded in 1927 in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania in the Mecklenburg Lake District. The building is a monument in the Feldberg lake landscape.

History of the house

The Hans Fallada house in Carwitz was from 1933 to 1944 the habitat Fallada . Fallada had the half-timbered house from around 1848 with the old address "Carwitz, Büdnerei 17" rebuilt several times and added a veranda. Fallada had bought the house to escape his addiction to morphine and alcohol, far from the capital, Berlin. With the old Büdnerei, the trained farmer also fulfilled his dream of having his own farm. After the couple's divorce in 1944, Anna Ditzen lived in the homestead alone, took in holiday guests and ran agriculture. In 1965 she sold it to the Berliner Kinderbuchverlag , which used it as a vacation home. In 1977 Fallada's former study was converted into a memorial by the Neubrandenburg Literature Center .

After the city of Feldberg took over the house in 1992 , the Hans Fallada Society started operating the museum here. Between 1996 and 2002, the property was restored from the preservation point of view with urban development funds and brought it closer to the state of 1938. In 2006 and 2007 the exhibition area was expanded in a second expansion phase. Above the barn room is the Hans Fallada archive operated by the Neubrandenburg Literature Center , which was closed in 2009 due to a lack of funding from the Ministry of Culture. The house has been visited by up to 15,000 guests annually since it reopened on May 1, 2001.


The following tour, which is also followed by the museum guide from Knüppel and Kuhnke, is recommended in the Hans-Fallada-Haus: Immediately after the entrance area, which was hardly used as such in Fallada's time and in which there is also a small museum shop, you enter

  • Hans Fallada's study : This is the former study, also referred to by Fallada as the lower book room. This is where the manuscripts for Who once eats from a tin bowl and We once had a child were created . The desk is a replica, of the objects on the desk only the table lamp is authentic. Bookcases and cupboards were designed by Fallada and are original. From there you get through the dining room to the veranda.
  • The veranda : In the veranda, which was added in 1934, family life took place in the summer months. The bookshelf under the windows is a reconstruction.
  • Dining room : Most of the furniture is owned by the family. The coat of arms of the Ditzens and related families hang in small format over the couch.
  • The kitchen : The kitchen, which was expanded in 1934, was changed in the 1970s, but the original condition was largely restored thanks to the replica stove.
  • The upper floor : The original steep staircase to the upper floor was demolished in the 1970s. Fallada had the upper floor, which had not been extended except for a small chamber, and created three chambers. The chamber to the left of the stairs was mainly inhabited by the house daughters (employed young women, for board and lodging). Opposite the stairs was the upper book room where Fallada wrote his later books (now the museum director's office). A cast of Fallada's death mask hangs in the hallway on the upper floor above the drawer cabinets used for small special exhibitions. The guests slept in the balcony room to the right of the stairs. B. the publisher Ernst Rowohlt , who visited Fallada frequently. This room above the veranda is now used as a film screening room ( Hans Fallada - His Life in Mecklenburg ).
  • The master bedroom : The tiled stove dates from Fallada's time. First editions of Fallada's works and individual exhibits from his life, such as B. to see a copy of an arrest warrant against Fallada.
  • Mappy children's room : Fallada's work as a children's book author is dedicated to.

In the outdoor area of ​​the house are worth seeing: the garden area in front of the house, the triangular bed (in front of the veranda, laid out by Anna Ditzen), the seat on the lakeshore, the boathouse (replica), the gray pear and poplar, the beehive (original condition from 1938 ), the orchard, the courtyard and the barn (built around 1849, today the conference room). Outside the museum area is the grave of Fallada, his mother, his first wife Anna ("Suse") and their daughter Lore ("Mücke") in the Carwitzer cemetery.

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Literature and evidence

  • Stefan Knüppel and Manfred Kuhnke, The Hans Fallada House in Carwitz - A Museum Guide, publisher: Hans Fallada Society eV, 3rd edition, Carwitz 2013, ISBN 3-910170-58-7

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Coordinates: 53 ° 18 ′ 6.5 ″  N , 13 ° 26 ′ 41.8 ″  E