Angelika Schrobsdorff

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Angelika Schrobsdorff
Angelika-Schrobsdorff Berlin2014.jpg
Angelika Schrobsdorff, 2014
Born24 December 1927
Died30 July 2016(2016-07-30) (aged 88)
OccupationWriter, actress
Notable work
"Du bist nicht so wie andre Mütter"
(as writer)
"Ausgerechnet Bulgarien"
(as actress)
Spouse(s)Claude Lanzmanndivorced

Angelika Schrobsdorff (24 December 1927 – 30 July 2016)[1] was a German writer and actress.


Angelika Schrobsdorff, Funeral 2016
Stolperstein Minna Kirschner

Her mother Else Kirschner (1893–1949) was an assimilated Jew, whose first marriage was to the author Fritz Schwiefert (1890–1961).[2] Schwiefert's most famous play was Marquerite durch 3, in 1930. The second marriage of Else Kirschner was Erich Schrobsdorff (1893–1952) Angelika Schrobsdorff's father, a member of the wealthy Berlin bourgeoisie. She grew up in Berlin and in 1939[3] fled, with her mother and sister Bettina (1922—2007), to Sofia, Bulgaria, where she remained until the end of the war. Her grandmother Minna Kirschner was murdered in Theresienstadt. The Grandfather Daniel Kirschner (1864–1939) died of pneumonia in a berlin hospital.[3] In 1947, Schrobsdorff returned to Germany. In 1971 she married the French film-maker Claude Lanzmann (1925–2018),[4] with whom she subsequently lived in Paris. Later she lived in Munich for a few years before emigrating to Israel. She lived in Jerusalem until early 2006, in a house on the Green Line near the Old City.

Schrobsdorff's first novel, "Die Herren" ("The Gentlemen," 1961) caused a scandal and made her famous. She has published a dozen additional books, several of them about Bulgaria. Her memoir of her mother, "Du bist nicht so wie andre Mütter" (1992, 2nd ed.1994) was a best-seller and was also made into a movie for television (1999). It appeared in English under the title "You are not Like Other Mothers" (2012).

Schrobsdorff was also an actress; she appeared in "Der Ruf" ("The Last Illusion," 1949) and in several films and television programs about her own life. One of the most famous ones is the German documentary of Bulgarian film-maker Christo Bakalski named "Bulgaria of all Places" ("Ausgerechnet Bulgarien" in German).[5]

Schrobsdorff died on 30 July 2016 [1] in Berlin, Germany at the age of 88.[6][7][8] She is buried in the Jewish cemetery Weißensee Berlin.


  • Die Herren (1961) ISBN 3-423-10894-0
  • Der Geliebte (1964) ISBN 3-423-11546-7
  • Diese Männer (1966)ISBN 3-442-01935-4
  • Spuren (1968) ISBN 3-423-11951-9
  • Die kurze Stunde zwischen Tag und Nacht (1978) ISBN 3-423-11697-8
  • Die Reise nach Sofia, mit einem Vorwort von Simone de Beauvoir, Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag, München 1983 ISBN 3-423-10539-9
  • Das Haus im Niemandsland oder Jerusalem war immer eine schwere Adresse (1989) ISBN 3-423-11442-8
  • Du bist nicht so wie andre Mütter (1992) ISBN 3-455-06773-5
  • You Are not Like Other Mothers" (2012) ISBN 978-1609450755[9]
  • Der schöne Mann und andere Erzählungen (1993) ISBN 3-423-11637-4
  • Jericho: eine Liebesgeschichte (1995) ISBN 3-423-12317-6
  • Der schöne Mann und andere Erzählungen (1993) ISBN 3-423-11637-4
  • Grandhotel Bulgaria: Heimkehr in die Vergangenheit (1997) ISBN 3-423-12852-6
  • Von der Erinnerung geweckt (1999) ISBN 3-423-24153-5
  • Wenn ich dich je vergesse, oh Jerusalem (2002) ISBN 3-550-08389-0



  • Bulgaria of all Places - Angelika Schrobsdorff and her Family (German: Ausgerechnet Bulgarien - Angelika Schrobsdorff und ihre Familie), documentary, R: Christo Bakalski, Germany 2007[5]


  1. ^ a b Munzinger Archiv Deutschland
  2. ^ Author Fritz Schwiefert
  3. ^ a b Rengha Rodewill: Angelika Schrobsdorff - Leben ohne Heimat (Biography), be.bra Verlag, Berlin Germany 2017
  4. ^ Claude Lanzmann, Director of 'Shoah' Dies at Age 92, The New York Times – Online, July 5, 2018
  5. ^ a b "Bulgaria of all Places - Official Trailer" on YouTube
  6. ^ ""Du bist nicht so wie andre Mütter": Schriftstellerin Angelika Schrobsdorff ist tot". SPIEGEL ONLINE. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 2016-08-02.
  7. ^ "Schriftstellerin Angelika Schrobsdorff gestorben". SPIEGEL ONLINE. 2 August 2016. Archived from the original on 1 August 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2016.
  8. ^ German-Jewish writer Angelika Schrobsdorff dies at age 88.
  9. ^ translation: Steven Rendall

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