Austria awards US writer Ruth Klueger key literary prize

VIENNA- US writer Ruth Klueger has been awarded Austria's important Theodor Kramer literary prize, which honours resistance and exile writers, the jury announced Wednesday.
Born to a Jewish family in Vienna in 1931, Klueger was deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp in 1942 and then to Auschwitz in 1944 and Gross-Rosen.

Following the liberation of the Nazi camps at the end of World War II, she first settled in Bavaria in southern Germany, but emigrated to the United States in 1947 where she studied and subsequently taught German literature at a number of universities.
She wrote about her childhood in the book "weiter leben" in 1989 which was published in English under the title "Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood".
Klueger has received numerous literary prizes, including the Prix Memoire de la Shoah in 1998 following the publication of "Still Alive" in French under the title "Refus de temoigner".
She will officially receive the Theodor Kramer prize, which carries prize money of 7,300 euros ($10,360), on May 20.

Thursday, March 24th 2011

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