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Arnold Bode (1900-1977), artist and documenta curator.
A painter and university lecturer in Berlin before the war, Bode was prevented from working in the Nazi era due to his political views. In 1937 he visited the Paris World Exhibition and was inspired by Picasso's Guernica. Back in Kassel, from 1955 he organised the first four documenta
festivals. He passed away a day after documenta 6 ended.
Hans Eichel (1941), politician.
Social democrat politician Eichel started his career as a teacher, before becoming mayor of Kassel aged just 33 and later on minister president of Hesse and Germany's minister of finance from 1999-2005. He's best known for his tough economic reforms that may be responsible allowed for Germany's current success, and for co-founding the G20 and hosting the first meeting in Berlin.
Ulrike Folkerts (1961), actress.
Every Sunday, half of Germany sits down at home or in a bar to watch the Tatort ('crime scene') detective series, which has been running since 1970. Recorded in towns all over Germany, Folkerts plays police officer Lena Odenthal in the episodes taped in the southern town of Ludwigshafen.
Karl-Heinz Metzner (1923-1994), footballer.
Metzner is the only local footballer who was part of the Germany team that won the World Cup in 1954. He started playing at Hessen Kassel as an inside forward and half back, and debuted internationally against Spain in 1952.
Milky Chance, alternative rock group.
Local lads Clemens Rehbein, Philipp Dausch and Antonio Greger became famous in Germany and beyond in 2013 with their hit single 'Stolen Dance' (also one of the most searched songs on the Shazam music-recognition app). They won a slew of German and European awards, and even performed on the Jimmy Kimmel show and toured North America in 2014. They're currently touring Australia, Europe and the USA, promoting their new album Blossom. See also www.milkychance.net.
Dorothea Viehmann (1755-1816), German storyteller.
The daughter of a tavern owner, Viehmann was the main supplier of fairy tale stories to the Grimm Brothers, responsible for around 40 tales. A school and a park have been named after her and a statue erected in the old 'fairy tale district' of Kassel-Niederzwehren where she lived in later years.