Frankfurt is closely associated with the name of the German poet Heinrich von Kleist, the poet who was born in the town at the river Oder and who had studied here. He is one of the most controversial and most interesting of German poets: the author of the »Zerbrochene Krug«, of »Kthchen of Heilbronn« and the »Hermannsschlacht« and »Familie Schroffenstein« to name but a few of his works. His birth place became a casualty of the Second World War, but the town of Frankfurt pays homage to its most famous son through the Kleist Museum »one of the most beautiful literary museums in Europe«, as the newspaper »Die Zeit« described it. It is situated in the former garrison school, a small baroque building near the Oder embankment. Every year Frankfurt also hosts the Kleist festival, which over a few days offers a broad spectrum of events (changing annually between the »small« and the »big« festival). Simultaneously the town also sponsors the Kleist scholarship for young dramatists.   < return

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