Author. She was born into a Jewish family in Kiev, Russia, she fled the Bolshevik Revolution and settled in France in 1919. Nemirovsky became a leading literary figure among the Russian emigres of Paris, publishing nine novels and a biography of Chekhov. When the Germans invaded France in 1940, she went into hiding with her family. They were eventually arrested by French collaborators and turned over to the Nazi S. S. Nemirovsky was deported to Auschwitz in July 1942, and died there of typhus a month later at the age of 39. Nemirovsky's daughters, Denise and Elisabeth, were spared, apparently because they reminded a German officer of his own child. In a suitcase carried on each of a dozen moves, Denise kept the leather-bound notebooks containing her mother's last writings. After the war, believing the notebooks were diaries that would be too painful to read, Denise stored them away for 50 years. It was not until 1996 that she discovered they made up the manuscript of a novel. Entitled "Suite Francais", Nemirovsky's final book was published in 2004 and became a much praised best seller. A fictional account of life in France under the Nazi occupation, it has been hailed as a masterpiece of World War II literature.
Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni