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Welten (Worlds) is a cycle of poems written in the second half of 1937 by Gertrud Kolmar, who was to perish six years later in Auschwitz. The manuscript was passed in 1947 by her brother-in-law to Peter Suhrkamp, publisher at Suhrkamp Verlag-now Germany's premier literary press-and was one of the first books to appear from Suhrkamp after the war.
|Publication date:||25th April 2012|
|Categories:||Poetry by individual poets,|
Gertrud Kathe Chodziesner (1894 - 1943), known by the nom-de-plume Gertrud Kolmar, was a German Jewish poet who was born in Berlin and died in Auschwitz. She was a cousin of Walter Benjamin. Gertrud Kolmar came from an assimilated middle-class German Jewish family. Her father, Ludwig Chodziesner, was a criminal defense lawyer. She grew up in Berlin's Charlottenburg district, and was educated in several private schools, the last one being a women's agricultural and home economics college at Elbisbach near Leipzig. While active as a kindergarten teacher, she learnt Russian and completed a course in 1915/1916 for language teachers in Berlin, graduating with ...More About Gertrud Kolmar