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Nelly Sachs

Poet Nelly Sachs

Profession: Poet

Nationality:
Germany
German
Sweden
Swedish

Why Famous: Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1966, which she shared with fellow Jewish writer Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Nelly Sachs was a voice for Jewish heritage and loss after WWII.

Born in Berlin she escaped to Sweden in 1940 where in her 50s she began a career as a poet and a playwright. Her miracle play "Eli" (1950) received much acclaim. Her poetry was published in a collected volume as"Fahrt ins Staublose" (Journey to the Beyond) in 1961.

Born: December 10, 1891
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Sagittarius

Died: May 12, 1970 (aged 78)
Cause of Death: Intestinal cancer

Events in the Life of Nelly Sachs

  • 1966-10-20 Nobel Prize for Literature awarded jointly to Jewish writers Shmuel Yosef Agnon and Nelly Sachs

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