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House of Alexander Grothendieck


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Alexander Grothendieck (born on March 28, 1928 in Berlin, † November 13, 2014 in Saint-Lizier near Saint-Girons, Ariège) lived here. He was a French mathematician born in Germany. Alexander Grothendieck was born in Berlin, where his mother, the North German journalist and writer Johanna "Hanka" Grothendieck (1900-1957), lived and married a man who was not his father (from the relationship came a half-sister Maida). His father, Alexander Schapiro (1890-1942), lived illegally since 1921 under the name "Alexander Tanarov". He was of Hasidic origin, became an anarchist and had to leave Ukraine after the Russian October Revolution after he had been active in the Ukrainian movement. There he earned his living as a street photographer and got to know Hanka Grothendieck. On 22 March 2017, a memorial stone was placed for him and his family at 165 Brunnenstrasse.


Brunnenstraße 165, Berlin-Mitte, Belgium

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