Ingeborg Hunzinger

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Ingeborg Hunzinger
Photo of Ingeborg Hunzinger.jpg
Born(1915-02-03)3 February 1915
Berlin, Germany
Died19 July 2009(2009-07-19) (aged 94)
Berlin, Germany
Known forSculpture
Spouse(s)Adolf Hunzinger (ending in divorce), Robert Riehl
Partner(s)Helmut Ruhmer
Ingeborg Hunzinger (2008)
Tomb of the sculptor Ingeborg Hunzinger in the family grave Franck, Alter Friedhof Wannsee, Berlin

Ingeborg Hunzinger (3 February 1915, in Berlin – 19 July 2009, in Berlin) was a German sculptor.

Hunzinger was born Ingeborg Franck to a Jewish mother. In 1932 Ingeborg joined the Communist Party. She began her studies in arts in 1935 and was master pupil of Ludwig Kasper in 1938/39. When the Nazis prevented her continued education in 1939, she emigrated to Italy. There, she met the German painter Helmut Ruhmer. In 1942 they returned to Germany and had two children. However, because of Ingeborg's part-Jewish ancestry they were not allowed to marry within the country.

Ruhmer was killed in the last year of World War II and Ingeborg married Adolf Hunzinger in the mid-fifties, with whom she had her third child. After a divorce from Hunzinger, she married the sculptor Robert Riehl in the mid-sixties.

Hunzinger resumed her arts studies in East Berlin in the early fifties; she was a master pupil of Fritz Cremer and Gustav Seitz. She taught at the arts school in Berlin-Weißensee and worked from 1953 as free-lance artist. She joined later the Party of Democratic Socialism.[1]

Hunzinger was the grandmother of the writer Julia Franck.

Selected works[edit]


  • Christel Wollmann-Fiedler: Ingeborg Hunzinger. Die Bildhauerin. Wuppertal: HP Nacke Verlag, 2005. ISBN 3-9808059-6-4
  • Rengha Rodewill: Einblicke – Künstlerische - Literarische - Politische. The sculptor Ingeborg Hunzinger. With letters from Rosa Luxemburg. Karin Kramer Verlag, Berlin 2012, ISBN 3-87956-368-3


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