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Walter Serner, Last Loosening – 1918 Dada Manifesto (Prague Dada Miscellany – Part Five)

Walter Serner, Last Loosening – 1918 Dada Manifesto (Prague Dada Miscellany – Part Five)

Walter Serner was born into a Jewish family as Walter Eduard Seligmann on January 15, 1889 in the Bohemian spa town of Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad at that time). His father, Berthold Seligmann, owned the town’s major newspaper, the Karlsbader Zeitung, for which Walter wrote an arts column. In 1909, he graduated from the gymnasium in Kadaň and soon thereafter matriculated at the University of Vienna’s Law Faculty, formally converting to Catholicism and changing his name to Serner. In 1911, he organised in Karlovy Vary’s Café Park Schönbrunn a large exhibition of Oskar Kokoschka‘s work. Serner quit school and left for Berlin in 1912 where he became a contributing writer for the avant-garde magazine Die Aktion and associated with anarchists. He finally finished his law degree at the University of Greifswald. Continue reading

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