Erika Mann was born on 9 November 1905 in Munich. She first worked as an actress and journalist. At the beginning of 1933 she founded the cabaret "Die Pfeffermühle" in Munich; a few weeks later she went into exile with the whole troupe. From 1936 she lived mainly in the USA as a lecturer and publicist. During the Second World War, she participated in the BBC's German programs and was a war correspondent for the Allies. In 1952 she returned to Europe with her parents. She died in Zurich on the 27th of August, 1969.
WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT
A small, picturesque University town in Southern Germany at the end of the Thirties. A visiting American is expecting the romantic comfort of quiet cobbled alleys. Instead, he finds crunching boots and roaring loud speakers, the SA is marching and the Führer shrieks over the airwaves.
In ten loosely connected episodes, the committed antifascist Erika Mann vividly portrays daily life under the Swastika.