Ruth Klüger

Ruth Klüger

Birth
Vienna (Wien), Austria
Death 6 Oct 2020 (aged 88)
Irvine, Orange County, California, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 216551030 · View Source
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Holocaust Survivor, Memorist. She was born as a Jewish girl in Austria which was annexed by the Third Reich when she was six years old forcing her to change schools frequently and grow up in an increasingly hostile and antisemitic environment. At the age of 11 in September 1942, she was deported to Theresienstadt concentration camp with her mother. Her father had tried to flee abroad, but was detained and killed. She was transferred to Auschwitz, then to Christianstadt, a subcamp of Gross-Rosen. Following the end of World War II in 1945, she settled in the Bavarian town of Straubing and later studied philosophy and history at the Philosophisch-theologische Hochschule in Regensburg. In 1947 she emigrated to the United States and studied English literature in New York and German literature at University of California Berkeley. She obtained a master’s degree in 1952 and a PhD in 1967. She worked as a college professor of German literature at Case Western Reserve, University of Kansas, University of Cincinnati, University of Virginia, Princeton, and UC Irvine. She wrote several publications and won many prizes including the Marie Luise Kaschnitz Prize (1995), Andreas Gryphius Prize, honorary prize (1996), Thomas Mann Prize (1999), Goethe Medal (2005) and Roswitha Prize (2006). Her memoir, “Still Alive,” which focuses primarily on her time in concentration camps, is strongly critical of the museum culture surrounding the Holocaust.

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