1898 February 10 Bertolt Brecht is born in Augsburg, Bavaria where his father runs a paper mill.
1914 His first poems are published.
1917 He enrolls as a medicalstudent at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.
He attends Arthur Kutscher's theatre seminar.
1918 He is drafted and serves as a medical orderly.
He writes his first play, Baal.
1919 Hejoins the Independent Social Democratic party, beginning a lifelong association with communism.
He has a son (Frank) with his girlfriend, Paula Banholzer.
He begins writing theatre reviews forVolkswillen, a local independent Socialist newspaper.
1920 He is named chief adviser on play selection at the Munich Kammerspiele.
1922 November 3 He marries the opera singer and actress Marianne Zoff.1923 His daughter, Hanne Hiob, is born. She will grow up to become a well-known German actress.
In the Jungle of Cities premieres in Munich.
December 8 Baal premieres at the Altes Theater inLeipzig.
1924 Brecht becomes a consultant at Max Reinhardt's Deutches Theater in Berlin.
He has a son (Stefan) with the actress Helene Weigel.
1926 Man Equals Man premieres at Darmstadt andDüsseldorf.
1927 Brecht divorces Marianne Zoff.
He publishes Hauspostille, a volume of poetry.
1928 The Threepenny Opera, a musical with a libretto by Brecht, opens at the Theater amSchiffbauerdamm. It is the hit of the season.
1929 April 10 Brecht marries Helene Weigel.
1930 He has a daughter (Barbara) with Weigel.
The Rise and Fall of the City of Mohagonny, an opera with a libretto byBrecht, causes a riot when it premieres in Leipzig.
1932 May Brecht's political film, Kuhle Wampe, named after an area of Berlin where the unemployed live in shacks, premieres in Moscow. It is bannedfrom theaters in Germany.
The Mother, Brecht's adaptation of a Maxim Gorky novel, opens in Berlin with music by Hanns Eisler.
1933 February 28 After Adolf Hitler comes to power, Brecht,...