Nelly Sachs

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Birthday
10, 1891
Birthplace
Schoneberg, Germany
Death Date
May 12, 1970 (78)
Birth Sign
Sagittarius
Birthday
10, 1891
Birthplace
Schoneberg, Germany
Death Date
May 12, 1970 (78)

About

A German-Jewish poet and playwright, she is particularly known for Eli: Ein Mysterienspiel vom Leiden Israels, a 1950 play based on her World War II experiences. Her poetry collections, published between 1947 and 1971, include In den Wohnungen des Todes and Suche nach Lebenden.

Before Fame

She narrowly escaped the Nazis by leaving for Sweden one week before she was supposed to enter a concentration camp.

Trivia

Her terror over the Nazi rise to power caused her to briefly lose her ability to speak.

Family Life

She suffered from nervous breakdowns and paranoia and never married. She cared for her mother for many years.

Associated With

She and fellow German author, Thomas Mann, were both recipients of the Nobel Prize in Literature.