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Stefanie Zweig


Germany (1932 - 2014)

Stefanie Zweig was a German Jewish writer best known for her autobiographical novel, Nirgendwo in Afrika (Nowhere in Africa, 1998), based on her early life in Kenya, which was filmed and won an Oscar in 2002 for "Best Foreign Film". Her family, being Jewish, fled Nazi Germany, for Africa. They went from an urban life in Breslau to a farm in Kenya in 1938 when she was five. She attended an English boarding school while there. In 1941, the family received a postcard from her grandmother saying "we are very excited, we are going to Poland tomorrow", which implied Auschwitz. Zweig returned to Kenya twice after leaving in 1947 at the age of 15.