Werner Lindemann

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Werner Lindemann
Born 1926
Died 1993 (aged 66–67)
Nationality German
Occupation Poet, writer
Years active 1957-1993
Spouse(s) Gitta Lindemann
Children Till Lindemann
Awards Alex-Wedding-Preis (1985)

Werner Lindemann (1926–1993) was a German writer and poet. Werner is also recognized as the father of Till Lindemann, the lead vocalist in the popular German heavy metal band Rammstein.

Life[edit]

Werner Lindemann was born into a family of farm workers. He grew up in Alt-Jeßnitz Gutsdorf near Wolfen in Saxony-Anhalt. In 1941, aged 15, he was apprenticed to a farmer. Between 1943 and 1945, he was a soldier. After the end of World War II he studied natural sciences at Halle. In 1949, he began to teach agriculture-related subjects at a vocational school. Between 1955 and 1957 he studied at the Johannes R. Becher Institute of Literature at Leipzig. There he worked as editor of the student magazine Forum, became director of the city House of Culture, and from 1959 worked as a freelance writer. He co-founded the Künstlerkolonie Drispeth ("Drispeth Artist's Colony"), where he lived for over 20 years, along with Joachim Seyppel, Joochen Laabs, and Gerhard and Christa Wolf.

Lindemann wrote his first poems shortly after the war. They were published in a 1959 book Stationen, which also included autobiographical material. The writer became known in the 1970s with his children's books, which showed a poetic vision of the everyday. In addition to his children's poetry, from the 1980s he published several books of prose, such as Aus dem Drispether Bauernhaus ("From the farmhouse at Drispeth") and The Roggenmuhme. These and other books were based on observations and memories of his youth. He describes nature, family life in the countryside, and day-to-day life under the socialist regime. For example, in the book Mike Oldfield im Schaukelstuhl: Notizen eines Vaters ("Mike Oldfield in the Rocking Chair: Notes of a Father"), Lindemann contrasted the memories of the narrator, a parent, the views and ambitions of his son; the book remarked on the differences of character among educated people in different social systems, but also showed their similarities.

On many occasions he gave talks in schools to bring poetry to children. He was a frequent visitor to the Grundschule Elisabethwiese elementary school in Rostock. After his death the school changed its name to Werner-Lindemann-Grundschule on 7 October 1994. The ceremony was attended by his widow, journalist Gitta Lindemann.

In 1985 the Academy of Arts in Berlin was awarded him the Alex-Wedding-Preis, for his merits in the field of socialist children's literature.

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