Angelika Schrobsdorff

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Angelika Schrobsdorff
Born 24 December 1927
Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Died 31 July 2016(2016-07-31) (aged 88)
Berlin, Germany
Nationality German
Occupation Writer, actress
Notable work "Du bist nicht so wie andre Mütter"
(as writer)
"Ausgerechnet Bulgarien"
(as actress)
Spouse(s) Claude Lanzmann<divorced>

Angelika Schrobsdorff (24 December 1927 – 31 July 2016) was a German writer and actress.

Her mother Else, whose first marriage was to the author Fritz Schwiefert[who?], was an assimilated Jew; her father was a member of the wealthy Berlin bourgeoisie. She grew up in Berlin and in 1938 fled, with her mother and sister, to Sofia, Bulgaria, where she remained until the end of the war. Her grandmother was murdered in Theresienstadt. In 1947, Schrobsdorff returned to Germany. In 1971 she married the French film-maker Claude Lanzmann, 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).[1]

Schrobsdorff died on 31 July 2016 in Berlin, Germany at the age of 88.[2][3][4]



  • Bulgaria of all Places - Angelika Schrobsdorff and her Family (German: Ausgerechnet Bulgarien - Angelika Schrobsdorff und ihre Familie), documentary, R: Christo Bakalski, Germany 2007[1]


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