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Walter Benjamin

Death: Died in Bou, Loiret, Centre, France
Cause of death: Suicide
Managed by: Pam Karp
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About Walter Benjamin

Walter Benjamin committed suicide on 26 August 1940.

He was a German Jewish philosopher and literary critic, a refugee from France since Hitler had come to power in German.

He was crossing into Spain with a group of refugees, in search of another place of refuge.

At Port Bou, the first town on the Spanish side of the border, the local police chief threatened to send the refugees back. In despair, Benjamin committed suicide. He was forty eight years old.


The Holocaust - Martin Gilbert page 124

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August 26, 1940
Bou, Loiret, Centre, France