Frau Varga is:
- Hungarian Widow (husband died in WWI)
- Landlady to Grace, Violet & Zia Paulina in Nollendorfplatz Berlin
- Has nice legs which she shows off in fashionably short skirts
- Likes to sing naughty songs…
With this character, I wanted to bring some of the fun & glamor of the 1920s into the novel, even though Berlin was impoverished at the time. It didn’t seem to stop it from having numerous cabarets & night clubs
Many people don’t know this but Berlin had a sizable Hungarian minority after the 1870 Prussian war. So much so, that many Hungarians treated Berlin like their capital city. Varga is Hungarian for shoemaker. I chose the name because it is easy for English-speakers to pronounce.