Henry Winterfeld

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Henry Winterfeld (born April 9, 1901, in Hamburg, Germany; died January 27, 1990, in Machias, Maine), published under the pseudonym Manfred Michael, was a German writer and artist famous for his children's and young adult novels. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1940 and lived there until his death.

Henry Winterfeld was married to Elsie Winterfeld. She worked as a toy designer and created a patented three- headed doll.[1]


Henry Winterfeld began his career as a writer in 1933, when he wrote to entertain his son, Thomas Henry Winterfeld (1923 - 2008, an oceanographer),[2] who was young and sick with scarlet fever. The result was Henry Winterfeld's first book, Trouble at Timpetill, which was published in 1937 in German under the pseudonym Manfred Michael.

He wrote many books aimed at children. These books have been translated into various languages. A couple have been made into videos, such as the movie Les enfants de Timpelbach (2008).[3]

Because of the Nazi regime in Germany, Henry Winterfeld, who was a Jew, moved to Austria in 1933 and from there emigrated to France in 1938. In October, 1939, he was arrested and interned in Nevers until May, 1940. After his release, his family was able to emigrate to the United States before the Nazi troops invaded France began on May 10, 1940. In 1946, he became an American citizen. Winterfeld's niece, Marianne Gilbert Finnegan, describes the life of the Winterfelds in the United States in her autobiography Memories of a Mischling: Becoming an American.[4]


  • Trouble at Timpetill (1937)[5][6]
  • Detectives in Togas (1953)[5][6]
  • Star Girl (1956)[5][6][7]
  • Castaways in Lilliput (1958)[5][6]
  • Pimmi Pferdeschwanz (1967)
  • Mystery of the Roman Ransom (1969)[5][6]
  • Der Letzte der Sekundaner (1971)
  • Caius in der Klemme (1976)[6]


  1. ^ Winterfeld, Elsie Gilbert (1948). "Three-in-One Doll, Patent CA 450472". New York, Bronx County, New York, U.S.: Canadian International Property Office. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ Tom Winterfeld passes away. His son's obituary at the website for the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) program of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.
  3. ^ Henry Winterfeld - IMDb
  4. ^ Parts of this section were translated by computer from the German Wikipedia entry and summarized.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Author Information: Henry Winterfeld". Internet Book List. Retrieved May 6, 2013. Biography's Source: [sic: empty field] Biography: Henry Winterfeld (1901-1990) was born in Germany. He began writing for children in 1933, when he wrote Trouble at Timpetill to entertain his son, who was sick with scarlet fever. He went on to write a number of children's books, which have been published around the world. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Henry Winterfeld (Author of Detectives in Togas)". Goodreads. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  7. ^ Gale, Floyd C. (July 1958). "Galaxy's 5 Star Shelf". Galaxy Science Fiction. p. 109. 

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