Anna Müller-Tannewitz

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Anna Müller-Tannewitz b. Tannewitz (born August 18, 1899 in Immekeppel , † 1988 or 1989 in Bad Urach ) was a German writer for young people. Her best-known work is the youth novel Blauvogel , which tells the story of a nine-year-old boy who is kidnapped by Indians during the French and Indian War and then raised by them as an adopted son.


Anna Tannewitz was born in the Rhineland in 1899; the family moved to Berlin while they were still at school . After graduating from high school in Heidelberg, she began studying medicine . She soon changed subject and place of study. She initially worked as a librarian at the Prussian state parliament , then in public education in Berlin. In doing so, she devoted herself particularly to setting up and setting up youth libraries. Since 1936 she was married to the Indian researcher Werner Müller (1907–1990). During the Second World War - her husband had been a soldier since 1939 - she studied literary history , ethnology and newspaper studies and planned to write Indian stories for young readers on a scientifically sound basis.

During the war she began her book Blauvogel , which appeared in 1949 (predated to 1950). In 1950 she received first prize for this in a competition from the GDR Ministry of Popular Education for the creation of new literature for young people. The book also served as a template for a DEFA feature film from 1979 and a ZDF series from 1994.

In 1953 the couple moved to Tübingen, where Werner Müller became a librarian at the university library , and in 1982 to Bad Urach . There she separated from her husband. She spent her last months in the psychiatric nursing home in Zwiefalten .

While she published Blauvogel under the pseudonym Anna Jürgen , her other works (including many other books for young people, the plot of which is often set among Indians) appeared under her real name. She also used the pseudonym Stine Holm .

Works (selection)

  • The Indian girl Pocahontas. Felguth, Berlin 1948.
  • Blue bird . Elected son of the Iroquois. New Life Publishing House, Berlin / GDR 1950.
  • Little sun Schonela. A girl's story from old Louisiana. Thienemann, Stuttgart 1954.
  • The white scouts. The discovery of the Indians of Virginia. Franckh-Kosmos, Stuttgart 1955. (UT also: Die Kolonisierung Nord-Karolinas.)
  • The red lady. Thienemann, Stuttgart 1958.
  • Mary's new sisters , with illustrations by Karlheinz Gross. Thienemann, Stuttgart 1964.
    • New edition: with pictures by Ingeborg Haun. Loewe Verlag, Bayreuth 1980, ISBN 3-522-10510-9
  • Little bear and prairie flower , with illustrations by Karlheinz Gross. Thienemann, Stuttgart 1965.
  • Daughter of the prairie. The story of a brave Indian girl. Arena, Wuerzburg 1970.
  • The curious skunk and other tales. Loewe, Bayreuth 1970.
  • Avija the girl from Greenland. Thienemann, Stuttgart 1971.
  • Aki's wish ring. Loewe, Bayreuth 1973.
  • Ogla and her pony. Arena, Wuerzburg 1976.
  • Reading lion rabbit stories. Loewe, Bayreuth 1977.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Berthold Riese:  Müller, Werner. In: New German Biography (NDB). Volume 18, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 1997, ISBN 3-428-00199-0 , pp. 482-484 ( digitized version ).