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|Nelly Leonie Sachs
Nelly Leonie Sachs was born in Berlin on December 10, 1891, the daughter of a wealthy manufacturer. She studied music and dancing, and at an early age began writing poetry.
As a Jewish refugee, she arrived in Sweden with her mother on May 16, 1940. Her career as a poet of note did not start until after her emigration. As a poet, she became a poignant spokesman for the grief and yearnings of her fellow Jews.
In den Wohnungen des Todes (In
the Houses of Death), 1947
Eli: Ein Mysterienspiel vom Leiden Israels (1950), broadcast in West Germany as a radio play, is probably her best known poetic drama.
Fahrt ins Staublose (Journey
to the Beyond), 1961
Honors and Awards
Prize of the Swedish Poets Association
Nelly Sachs died in Stockholm, Sweden, on May 12, 1970.
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