Victor Klemperer was born in Landsberg/Warthe in 1881, the eighth child of a rabbi. In 1890, the family moved to Berlin. From 1902 to 1905 he studied Philosophy, Romance and German studies in Munich, Geneva, Paris, and Berlin. In 1920, Victor Klemperer obtained a teaching post for Romance studies at the Technical University in Dresden, from which he was dismissed in 1935 because of his Jewish origins. In 1940, he was forcibly committed to a Jewish house in Dresden. After fleeing in February 1945, he returned to Dresden in June and was appointed professor at the Technical University there. He died in Dresden in 1960.