Annette Eick

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Annette Eick (born 13 September 1909 in Berlin, died 25 February 2010 in Devon) was a Jewish Lesbian author and poet.

During the 1920s, a liberal time period in the Weimar republic, Eick wrote poems and short stories for lesbian magazines, including Garconne.[1] After the Nazis came to power in 1933, she had to give up on journalism and started working as a nanny. In 1938, she was granted a visum to live in the UK and fled to London after surviving an attack by Nazis on the farm she was staying at during the Reichkristallnacht.[2] Her parents were murdered in the Auschwitz concentration camp.[2]

In London, Eick worked as a nanny and housekeeper and met her partner Getrud Klingel. They moved to Devon, where they opened a nursery and Eick started writing again. Her collection of poems, Immortal Muse, was published in 1984 and turned into a short film called The Immortal Muse by Jules Hussey in 2005.[3]

Eick became known to a wider audience through the documentary ‘Paragraph 175’ from 2000, which told the experiences of five gay men and one lesbian woman (Eick) that were prosecuted under the paragraph 175 which criminalised homosexuality.[4] Most of Eick's work, however, remains unpublished.[5]


  1. ^ "L-MAG - Das Magazin für Lesben - Nachruf auf Annette Eick". 2017-05-11. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  2. ^ a b "Claudia Schoppmann, 2005: Annette Eick (born 1909)" (PDF).
  3. ^ "ANNETTE EICK". Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  4. ^ Paragraph 175, retrieved 2019-02-20
  5. ^ Hussey, Jules (2010-04-26). "Annette Eick obituary". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2019-02-20.