Angelika Schrobsdorff, German writer, Died at 88


Angelika Schrobsdorff was born on December 24, 1927, and died on July 31, 2016.

She was a German writer and actress.

Else was her mothers name, whose first marriage was to the author Fritz Schwiefert, who was an assimilated Jew; her father was a member of the wealthy Berlin bourgeoisie.

Angelika was raised in Berlin and in 1938 fled, with her mother and sister, to Sofia, Bulgaria, where she remained until the end of the war.

Angelika’s grandmother was murdered in Theresienstadt.

During the year 1947, she returned to Germany.

Angelika married the French film-maker Claude Lanzmann, in 1971, with whom she subsequently lived in Paris. Later she lived in Munich for a few years before emigrating to Israel.

Angelika Schrobsdorff resided in Jerusalem until early 2006, in a house on the Green Line near the Old City.

Her 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.

She wrote a 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).

The memior appeared in English under the title “You are not Like Other Mothers” (trans. Steven Rendall, New York: Europa Editions, 2012).

Schrobsdorff is also an actress; she has appeared in “Der Ruf” (“The Last Illusion,” 1949) and in several films and television programs about her own life.

And the German documentary of Bulgarian film-maker Christo Bakalski named “Bulgaria of all Places” (“Ausgerechnet Bulgarien” in German), which was the most famous one.

She died in Berlin, Germany.

Angelika Schrobsdorff passed away at 88 years old.