Berlin Portrait Gallery - Poets in Charlottenburg - Episode 3: Anna Seghers
| Renaissance-Theater Berlin / Bruckner-Foyer
“Aren't you ashamed, you old pig?” was the reaction of the then GDR Minister of Culture Johannes R. Becher in 1954 regarding Anna Segher's refusal to comply with a ban on nude bathing in Ahrenshoop. However, this did not affect her reputation as a writer in the GDR; she received numerous awards.
Anna Seghers is primarily associated with eastern Germany; from 1952 to 1978 she was president of the GDR Writers' Association.
It is rather unknown that she lived in Charlottenburg for several years with her family. From here she went into exile in 1933, which took her first to Paris and later to Mexico.
The theme of “escape” can be found at the center of two of her most famous books, “Transit” and “The Seventh Cross”.
Anna Segher's life - extremely eventful and not without contradictions - acts like a foil on which the political events of the 20th century take place.