Else Ury

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Else Ury

Berlin-Mitte, Mitte, Berlin, Germany
Death 13 Jan 1943 (aged 65)
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Cremated at Auschwitz, cenotaph in Weissensee Jewish Cemetery, Berlin
Memorial ID 33677003 · View Source
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Author. She received notoriety as a German children's novelist during the first half of the 20th century. She wrote books mainly for girls. She is best known for the "Nesthäkchen" series, a ten-volume collection that follows a Berlin doctor's daughter, Annemarie Braun, from infancy to old age. The most popular volume was the fourth, "Nesthäkchen and the World War", published in 1922 and translated into English for the first time in 2006. This volume was first banned from sales as it contained dialogue with a positive viewpoint toward the German Army during World War I. Some years later, the book was edited and republished. Her last volume of the series was published in 1925. She wrote another series of books, “Professor's Twins.”. Her last book “Youth Ahead” was published in 1933. As the daughter of a successful Jewish tobacco merchant, she was raised in a bourgeois household during the German Empire. At a time when women did not attend college, she had a high-school level formal education, but was well-read. One brother was a lawyer, another a physician, and her sister married-well. She never married, lived at home, and cared for her aging parents. Her first book “What the Lucky Child Heard,” which was a modern-day fairy tale, was published in 1905 and the family relocated the next year to Savignyplatz, Berlin. During World War II with Nazi Army Holocaust of the Jewish population, her world was turned upside down. First, she was prevented from publishing her writings in 1935; one brother died from suicide in 1937, was robbed of her possessions and forced to live in a ghetto in 1939; her ninety-year-old mother died in 1940; in 1943 deported in a cattle car on a train to Auschwitz Concentration Camp with 1,100 Berlin Jews, and then was gassed to death the day after she arrived. Her other two siblings and their families escaped the Holocaust by relocating early to England. Her life-story was revisited in 1992 when German author Marianne Brentzel reconstructed her life through photographs and letters in a book title, “Neshaekchen is Sent to the Concentration Camp.” A second book about her by Brentzel was published in 2007, “Nothing Can Happen to Me.” Several memorials to her have been established throughout Germany such as a plaque on the building that housed her family's apartment, the ghetto home site, and a museum. Her 38 books survived the war, have been translated in several languages and remain very popular.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Else Ury (1 Nov 1877–13 Jan 1943), Find a Grave Memorial no. 33677003, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Cremated at Auschwitz, cenotaph in Weissensee Jewish Cemetery, Berlin.