Google Is Celebrating The Life Of German-Jewish Poet Mascha Kaléko With A Doodle

On this day (16 September) in 1974, Kaléko held her final reading in Berlin’s America Memorial Library after more than 40 years writing poetry.

In her Google Doodle, which is drawn by Ramona Ring, she is seen surrounded by plants. This is a reference to her poem “Das Bißchen Ruhm” (“A Little Bit of Glory”), in which she compared her fame to plants that can only be maintained with daily care.

Born in what is now southern Poland in 1907, Kaléko was named Golda Malka Aufen at birth. Her family fled the country for Germany at the outbreak of the First World War and settled in Berlin in 1918.

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