1933-1940: France

1933 – February 28 to 22 hours, Alfred Döblin warned by a police officer who he knew of his impending arrest, leaves Berlin by train for Stuttgart and the Swiss border. Stays with a friend in Kreuzlingen (Switzerland).
On March 3, departure from Berlin for Kreuzlingen of Erna with Peter, Klaus and Stephan. Wolfgang remains in Berlin temporarily to pass the baccalaureate exams. Departure of Alfred, Erna and Stephan for Zurich. Reside at first in the Hotel St. Peter and then from March 16 to; August 14 in a furnished apartment on Glabachstrasse 65. Peter and Klaus return to Berlin to complete their studies and to put the furniture in a warehouse. Klaus and Wolfgang leave Berlin for Zurich in July. Peter will join the family in Zurich in August.
On March 18, Alfred Döblin is removed from the list of members of the Prussian Academy of Arts.
On 14 August, the family leaves Zurich for Paris, and resides until October 22 at the hotel Francoeur, 24 rue Francoeur.
Late October, the family settles in a house in Maisons-Laffitte, 4 Avenue Talma.
Alfred returns alone to Zurich in October / November to complete the drafting of his novel Babylonische Wandrung.
In Paris, Wolfgang begins studying mathematics at the Sorbonne. Klaus attends the School of the Chamber of Commerce in Paris to become a decorator. Peter, not having received a work permit in France, attends the London School of Printing.

1934 – In February, Erna and Alfred begin intensive lessons in French with the director of the public school in Marly le Roi.
June, the family obtains a residence permit in France, permit which however does not permit to work in France.
The novel-Babylonische Wandrung is published by the Querido Verlag, Amsterdam in April.
Alfred initiates writing the novel Pardon wird nicht gegeben..
In December, the family moves to 5 Square Delormel in Paris

1935 – Pardon wird nicht gegeben is published by the Querido Verlag in April.
(Peter Döblin leaves Europe for the U.S.A. in September, as he did not obtain a work permit in France).
Participates in July, in London, at the “International Congress of the  Territorialism Movement”.
Initiates the writing of the novel Das Land ohne Tod.
In November, Flucht und Sammlung of Judenvolkes is published by the Querido Verlag.

1936 On October 16, with the support of the Ambassador Francois-Poncet, Alfred, Erna and the children, Wolfgang, Klaus and Stephan obtain the French nationality.
In November, completes the writing of the novel Die Fahrt ins Land ohne Tod.

1937 Querido Verlag publishes in April   Die Fahrt ins Land ohne Tod.
Completes in September the writing of the novel Der blaue Tiger.
October: Klaus Döblin begins his military service (two years) in the French army.
Initiates the writing of the novel Burger und Soldaten.
In November participates at the International Congress of the Territorialism Movement.
Berlin Alexanderplatz becomes part of the university program in France for the “aggregation”, (doctorate).

1938 – Wolfgang Döblin obtains his doctorate in mathematics at the Sorbonne.
In May, travels with Robert Minder (Professor at College de France), to Alsace as part of his research for the November 1918, first volume Burger und Soldaten.
In November, Wolfgang began his military service in Givet-Vosges).

1939 – Overthrown by a car on March 31 in the rue de Rivoli in Paris, Alfred Döblin must be hospitalized three weeks.
Participates in May at the annual meeting of the Pen Club in New York. Meeting with President and Mrs. Roosevelt as well as Mrs. Wadsworth, who will subsequently be of a great help during the 1940 exodus.
On September 1, beginning of the Second World War.
Mid-September, joins Robert Minder at the Undersecretary of State for Information. He is a non contractual assistant at the “German Department”. Participates in the drafting of contra-propaganda, leaflets, newspapers, satire….
Installation of Alfred, Erna and Stephan rue Jean Beranger in Marly le Roi in an accommodation provided by Mrs. Minder. Terminate the lease of the apartment in Paris- Square Delormel putting the furniture in storage. The manuscripts are stored safely in the cellars of the Sorbonne.