Mirjam Pressler

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Pressler in 2012

Mirjam Pressler (18 June 1940 – 16 January 2019) was a German novelist and translator. Being the author of more than 30 children's and teenage books, she also translated more than 300 works by other writers from Hebrew, English, Dutch and Afrikaans.[1] She is also known for translating a revision of Anne Frank's diary, The Diary of a Young Girl, in 1991, thus renewing its copyright.[2]

Born to a Jewish mother, Pressler was raised in a foster home. She studied painting at Städelschule in Frankfurt as well as English and French literary studies at LMU Munich. Before becoming a writer, she was a jeans shop retailer for eight years, who, as a single mother, raised three daughters. Later, she became a member of the PEN Centre Germany.[3]


Pressler and Amos Oz in 2015. She won the Leipzig Book Fair Prize for her translation of his novel, Judas.


  1. ^ "Mirjam Pressler, children's author, multilingual translator, dies". dw.com. 2019-01-16. Retrieved 2019-01-17.
  2. ^ Carvajal, Doreen. Anne Frank's Diary Gains 'Co-Author' in Copyright Move dated November 13, 2015
  3. ^ "Gestorben: Mirjam Pressler" (in German). buchmarkt.de. 16 January 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2019.

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