Coverbild The Bird Has No Wings von Angelika Schrobsdorff (Ed.), ISBN-978-3-423-28008-2
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The Bird Has No Wings

Letters from my brother Peter Schwiefert to our mother

In 1938, Peter Schwiefert, a “Half-Jew”, declares himself a Jew and flees Nazi Germany at the age of twenty-one. His subsequent letters to his mother, with whom he shared an extremely close bond, document his tragic destiny: after periods of exile in Portugal, Greece, Palestine and Egypt, he eventually joins the Free French Forces. His struggle is driven by political as well as personal motives – he is fighting for the triumph of art and beauty as well as freedom and dignity. Peter Schwiefert’s letters look towards an eventual reunion with his mother – a reunion that never takes place. Just before the end of the war he is killed near the Franco-German border.

  • A unique and intimate historical testimony addressed to the subject of Angelika Schrobsdorff's bestselling biography You Are Not Like Other Mothers, selected and presented by the same author

Press acclaim:

"More than sixty letters from a son to his mother; letters that leave a memory as radiant as Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet" Madelaine Chapsal, L’Express

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312 pages, ISBN 978-3-423-28008-2
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Portrait des Autors Angelika Schrobsdorff

Angelika Schrobsdorff

Angelika Schrobsdorff was born in Freiburg in 1927. In 1939 she had to emigrate from Berlin to Sofia with her Jewish mother; her grand-parents were killed in Theresienstadt. She returned to Germany in 1947 and published her first novel in 1961, causing an uproar because of its lascivious language. In 1971, she married French film-maker Claude Lanzmann in Jerusalem, lived in Paris and Munich and decided in 1983 to emigrate to Israel. She wrote several novels, of which “Du bist nicht so wie andre Mütter” was the most successful. In 2006, she returned to Germany again and lived in Berlin. Angelika Schrobsdorff died in July 2016 at the age of 88.

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