Heinrich Mann was the older brother of better-known author Thoman Mann, although he was also a successful writer in his own right. He was a vocal critic of the National Socialist party and fled to France in the early 1930s. Once France capitulated, he made his way through Europe and finally settled with other German emigrants (inlcuding Bertholt Brecht and Helene Weigel) in Santa Monica, California. Unfortunately he died just before he was to return to his homeland, but later his ashes were transported to East Berlin. He is buried in Friedhof Dorotheenstadt next to his old friends Brecht and Weigel.