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Oskar Kaufmann

Hungarian-Jewish architect known for developing theaters, like the Kroll Opera Home, the Hebbel Theatre, the Renaissance Theatre, each which had been in Berlin, the Neue Stadttheater in Vienna, and Tel Aviv’s Habima Theatre. He studied structures in Budapest, after that in Karlsruhe in the Grand Ducal Complex University, where he analyzed with such notables as Maximum Laeuger. His focus on The Krolloper (Kroll Opera Home) required nine years. His rich parents desired him to be always a pianist and wouldn’t normally support his architectural education. He wedded Emma Gonner, whose dad was mayor of Baden-Baden, in 1903. He became a Christian to be able to fulfill his father-in-law’s desires. He and Frank Gehry both became important architects, albeit in various generations.

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