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Herta Charlotte Heuwer (June 30, 1913 in Königsberg – July 3, 1999 in Berlin) invented the take-out dish that would become the world-renowned currywurst on September 4, 1949. The day before what would have been her 90th birthday, a plaque was dedicated in her honour on the corner of Kant and Kaiser Friedrich Streets, Berlin where she first produced the dish. The original Currywurst was a boiled sausage, fried, with a sauce of tomato paste, Worcestershire sauce, curry powder and other ingredients.
In January 1951, Heuwer registered a trademark for her sauce, Chillup. She moved her business to a larger facility at Kaiser-Friedrich-Straße 59, which, during its heyday, was open day and night and employed 19 saleswomen. A plaque at this location commemorates the woman and her invention.
On June 30, 2013, Heuwer's 100th birthday was celebrated with a Google Doodle.
Other sources claim that currywurst was invented in Hamburg. Author Uwe Timm contends in his novel The Discovery of Currywurst that he had eaten currywurst in Hamburg as early as 1947, but the inventor of Currywurst in his novel, Lena Brücker, is an admitted literary license. However, that did not prevent the former Hamburg Senator of the Interior Ronald Schill from honoring Lena Brücker in 2003.
- Paterson, Tony (2009-08-15). "Spicy sausage that is worthy of a shrine in Berlin". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2010-04-30.
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