Alfred Lichtenstein (1889 – 1914)
Alfred Lichtenstein was a German expressionist writer. He was born in Berlin-Wilmersdorf and grew up in Berlin as a son of a manufacturer. In 1913 he joined the 2. Bavarian Infantry Regiment as a one-year-volunteer. When the First World War broke out in August 1914 Lichtenstein marched into the fields of France. His war would not last long. On September 25, 1914 he fell near Vermandovillers on the Somme.
Lichtenstein’s poem Abschied (Goodbye) is one of the last tracks on the album Krieg. He wrote Abschied just a few weeks before his death. The poem’s closing reads Vielleicht bin ich in dreizehn Tagen tot (“Perhaps I’ll be dead in thirteen days”).
On July 2, 2016 we visited Vermandovillers German military cemetery and found the Kameradengrab where Lichtenstein rests.