Anna Jonas

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Anna Jonas (born June 8, 1944 in Essen , † March 13, 2013 in Berlin ) was a German writer .


Anna Jonas's maternal grandfather was Karl Hoerster, who was politically persecuted as a union secretary at the German Miners' Association from 1933 and, after 1945, as union secretary, was involved in the establishment of the mining and energy industry in Essen. After her parents died in quick succession - her mother when she was 16, her father when she was 19 - Anna Jonas grew up with an aunt.

Jonas attended the girls' grammar school Grashof (formerly Lyzeum Bredeney ) in Essen-Bredeney , where she graduated from high school in 1963 . She then attended the Free University of Berlin , a study in theater studies and German studies on. But after seeing this endangered both her enthusiasm for the theater and for literature, she suspended her studies for two years. She then studied political science at the FU and graduated with a diploma from Georg Kotowski in 1971 . After that, she performed various activities, including a. as assistant to a member of the Bundestag . From 1972 she was a "constructive-critical" member of the SPD , from 1972 to 1976 an active member of the prisoners' aid organization Amnesty International . From 1973 she stayed in Spain on a graduate scholarship . There she learned the national language and wrote her first literary texts. In 1978 she returned to West Berlin . She was a member of the New Society for Literature (NGL) and was elected its chairman from 1982 to 1983. In Berlin she worked as a freelance writer , journalist and manager of a trade union conference center until her death .

Anna Jonas was buried in the Dahlem forest cemetery.


Jonas was a writer of poetry and autobiographical influenced prose . She has received several awards, including a. 1980 with the special prize of the jury in the context of the Ingeborg Bachmann competition in Klagenfurt . But "the literary existence of this author", according to Ernest Wichner, concentrated on three book publications in just under five years as a "kind of pause within a restless and changeable life".

From 1980 member of the Association of German Writers (VS), today in ver.di , she was elected chairwoman of the VS district of Berlin in 1986 and national chairman in October 1987. She resigned from this office in December 1988 because of the quarrels about the VS joining the IG Medien and, together with Günter Grass and around 50 other authors, declared that she was leaving the association.



Poetry / prose


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Individual evidence

  1. a b c d Obituary: Ernest Wichner : Die Unruhige. The Berlin writer Anna Jonas is dead online in Der Tagesspiegel from March 26, 2013.
  2. a b c d e f Biographical information on Anna Jonas in the Munzinger archive
  3. Exodus of the lion . In: Der Spiegel . No. 51 , 1988 ( online - "The Association of German Writers is without an effective leadership. Celebrities step out, the wings are squabbled - is the Association at its end?").