21.01.2019

In remembrance of Mirjam Pressler

Mirjam Pressler, the translator and author of books for children and young adults, died at the age of 78 on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. In the 1980s, Mirjam Pressler re-translated from the Dutch and edited the diaries of Anne Frank for the Anne Frank Fonds Basel. This new translation subsequently formed the basis of the reader's edition, which has been published since 1991. All international editions are also based on this translation. For this edition of the diaries of Anne Frank, Mirjam Pressler utilised the family archives and the estate of Anne Frank's father, Otto Frank, who was responsible for the first edition. Later, in addition to several other publications on the life and work of Anne Frank, she wrote and was in charge of the complete edition and a book about the history of the family.

Mirjam Pressler was born in Darmstadt in 1940. She attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Frankfurt am Main and, in recent years, lived near Munich where she worked as a translator and writer. In addition to a biography of Anne Frank (Ich sehne mich so. Die Lebensgeschichte der Anne Frank. (I'm longing. The life story of Anne Frank), Beltz 1998), she also wrote the story of Anne Frank's family («Grüße und Küsse an alle.» Die Geschichte der Familie von Anne Frank.("Greetings and kisses to all." The story of Anne Frank's family.), S. Fischer 2009).

Mirjam Pressler translated about 500 books from Hebrew, Dutch and other languages, and wrote more than 40 books for children and young adults. She was the recipient of numerous prizes, including the German Youth Literature Prize, the Carl Zuckmayer Medal for her services to the German language, the German Children's Literature Award, a lifetime award for her literary work from the board of the German Book Prize, the Leipzig Book Fair Prize, the International Literary Award in the translation category, the Bavarian Order of Merit, and the Commander's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for her “outstanding work towards fostering understanding between nations, in particular Israel and Germany, and remembrance of National Socialist injustices”.

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