Letter and card from Max Bernstein to Helene Raff

Max Bernstein (1854-1925), born in Fürth, lived as a lawyer in Munich from 1881, where he represented, among others, the poets Erich Mühsam (1878-1934) and Ludwig Thoma (1867-1921). He was also a theatre critic for the "Münchner Neueste Nachrichten". Together with his wife Elsa (1866-1949) he ran a literary salon. Topics such as modern education for girls, free sexuality, warnings against anti-Semitism, etc. were among his ideals.

In a letter to Helene Raff (1865-1942), Bernstein states that he was asked by the playwright and translator Ludwig Fulda (1862-1939) to make a request to the painter Friedrich August von Kaulbach (1850-1920), the literary historian Richard Weltrich (1844-1913) and the publisher Georg Hirth (1841-1916): "that her [Raff's] name may be put on the invitation. I just (10 minutes ago) wrote to the three gentlemen." (23.2.1909) Together with his friend Fulda, Bernstein developed marketing strategies for literary works and alternatives to circumvent censorship.

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