Nelly Sachs Biography

Poet, Playwright (1891–1970)
German poet and playwright Nelly Sachs won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1966 for expressing the grief and yearning of her fellow Jews after WWII.


Born December 10, 1891 in Berlin, Nelly Sachs was the daughter of a prosperous Jewish manufacturer when the Nazis came to power. She and her mother escaped to Sweden with the help of author Selma Lagerlöf. There, she wrote poems and plays that expressed the grief of the Jews, such as "O the Chimneys" and "The Seeker." Sachs received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1966.

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