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Robert Shvarc (1932–2003) born in Sarajevo of Bosnia, 10 December 1932, is a Hebrew and Albanian, recognized as one of the best translators from German of the 20th century and beginning of new millennium, writer and poet. His parents were respectively mother from Elbasan and father an Hebrew from Austria and lived in Shkodra, Albania. There Robert Shvarc grew up as a lover of Albanian mother's language and is the first who brought for the Albanian reader some masterpieces of literature as the novels of Gabriel García Márquez, Erich Maria Remarque, Lion Feuchtwanger, dramas of Bertolt Brecht; books of poetry from Goethe, Schiller and Heine. Also Shvarc translated in German best books of many Albanian poets and writers.
Prizes and awards
- 1995 – Embassy of Germany in Tirana, Albania awarded Robert Shvarc with the prize "German Federal Cross of Merit" – "Kryqi i meritave gjermane", which was practiced for first time in this country of Balkans.
- 2002 – Robert Shvarc was awarded by Albanian Capitol's Municipality the title Honor Citizen of Tirana.
- 2002 – President of the Republic of Albania awarded Shvarc with the title Great Master – Mjeshtër i Madh (Grand Master of Work).