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Adolf-Unger-Gasse, named on October 21, 1969 after the poet Adolf Unger.

Adolf Unger was the son of the Jewish shoemaker Samuel Unger and his wife Mindel Unger. Unger first became a shoemaker, like his father, and then traveled for several years.

Back in Vienna, Unger found a supporter of his literary ambitions with Ernst Volkswiese who worked at the adult education center at Zirkusgasse 48. Unger was a worker poet and was able to hold readings in Vienna’s Urania and other educational institutions. In 1933 he wrote the review “Something is wrong” for “Das Rote Kunstkollektiv”. In the same year he was awarded the Julius Reich Prize for his literary work.

Unger belonged to the Association of Socialist Writers, which was officially dissolved in 1934. In 1936 he became a member of the Austrian Workers ‘Writers’ Association, which was founded by Viktor Matejka.

Unger had married Sobel Leifer in 1930, with whom he had a daughter Hanna (* 1935). Unger fled to Belgium with his family in March 1938. On May 10, 1940, the day German troops invaded Belgium, the Unger family was arrested and deported to France by the Belgians. There they were directed to several camps, such as Camp de Gurs, Rivesaltes and Mont Louis. In 1942, Unger and his wife were deported from the Drancy assembly camp to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, where they were murdered in the gas chamber immediately after their arrival. Her daughter Hanna survived in a French children’s colony.

"Das einzige Richtige und Klare ist verboten zu erzählen. Doch solange das Brot eine Ware ist, wird es uns immer fehlen!" Vier Zeilen vom Brot (Adolf Unger, 1937)