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Wolf Biermann

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Christa Wolf

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(1929–2011)

Née Ihlenfeld, German novelist and essayist, born in Landsberg an der Warthe (then in Germany; now Gorzów Wielkopolski in Poland) where her parents, Herta and Itto...

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Deutsche Demokratische Republik

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(German Democratic Republic, GDR),

was formed out of the Soviet zone of occupation, including the Soviet sector of Berlin, after differences between the Russians and the Allies...

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Franz Fühmann

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(1922–1984), influential East German children's book writer who became known as a playwright, a poet, and an adapter of Homeric legends (Das hölzerne Pferd [The Wooden Horse], 1968), epics...

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Günter Kunert

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(1929– ), German writer,

who was recognized at one time as one of the leading poets of East Germany. Kunert also developed a unique talent as a prose writer who uses ...

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Jurek Becker

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(Łódź, Poland, 1937–1997),

lived with his parents in the Jewish quarter, and at the age of five was sent to the concentration camp of Ravensbrück, later to Sachsenhausen. During...

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Karl Heinz Jakobs

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(Kiauken, East Prussia, 1929– ),

studied at the Leipzig Johannes R. Becher Institute for Literature and worked for a time as a bricklayer. His publications include the collection...

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Peter Hacks

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(1928–2003), East German playwright and author

of fables, fairy tales, and verse for children. After receiving his doctorate in theatre studies in Munich in 1951, Hacks relocated...

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Reiner Kunze

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(1933– ), German writer and lyric poet.

He was born in the former German Democratic Republic, where he lived and worked as a freelance writer until his emigration to West Germany...

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Rolf Schneider

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(Chemnitz, 1932– ),

studied Germanistik at Halle University and settled in 1958 as a freelance writer near Berlin. His work consists of fiction, plays, and radio plays (see...

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Sarah Kirsch

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(1935– ), German writer and lyric poet.

Born in the former German Democratic Republic, Kirsch studied biology at Halle and literature at the Johannes R. Becher Institute for...

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