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