Cordelia Edvardson

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Cordelia Edvardson
Stolperstein Eichkatzweg 33 (Weste) Cordelia Edvardson.jpg
A plaque at Edvardson's childhood home in Berlin, marking her deportation to Auschwitz.
Born Cordelia Heller
(1929-01-01)1 January 1929
Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Died 29 October 2012(2012-10-29) (aged 83)
Stockholm, Sweden
Nationality Swedish
Parent(s) Hermann Heller and Elisabeth Langgässer

Cordelia Edvardson (née Heller; 1 January 1929 – 29 October 2012) was a German-born Swedish journalist, author and Holocaust survivor. She was the Jerusalem correspondent for Svenska Dagbladet, a Swedish daily newspaper, from 1977 to 2006.[1] Edvardson reported extensively on the Israeli–Palestinian conflict,[1] remaining a columnist for Svenska Dagbladet after leaving her post in 2006.[1]


Edvardson was born in Munich, Germany, in 1929.[1] She was raised Catholic.[1] However, since her father, Hermann Heller, was Jewish, Edvardson was arrested by the Nazis and deported to the Theresienstadt and Auschwitz concentration camps during the Holocaust.[1] Her maternal grandfather had also been Jewish, and converted to Catholicism.

After immigrating to Sweden after World War II, Edvardson began her journalism career. In 1984, she published an autobiography documenting her life as a Holocaust survivor, which earned her the Geschwister-Scholl-Preis literary prize.[1]


Cordelia Edvardson died from an illness in Stockholm on 29 October 2012, at the age of 83.[1]