Edith Aron

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Edith Aron (* 1923 in Homburg , Saar area ; † May 25, 2020 in London ) was a German writer and translator .


Edith Aron grew up as the child of Jewish parents in Homburg in Saarland, where she also attended the Jewish school. Before the Saar referendum in 1935, she emigrated with her mother into exile in Buenos Aires ; her father stayed in the south of France during the war . In Buenos Aires she attended the Pestalozzi School. In 1950 she moved to Paris . In Paris she was the first to translate works by Julio Cortázar into German in the early 1950s . In the early 1960s she returned briefly to Berlin and worked there for the Hessischer Rundfunk on Latin American literature .

Edith Aron became known as the author of autobiographical stories in which she processed the experiences of her emigration in literary terms. In addition, she made a name for herself as a translator of literary works from Latin American culture into German, for example by Julio Cortázar, Jorge Luis Borges and Octavio Paz .

Edith Aron lived in London until her death in May 2020 at the age of 97. Aron was married to the British illustrator John Bergin, from the marriage the daughter Joanna was born.

Honors - appreciations

  • The birthplace of Edith Aron, the Saarland district town of Homburg, had donated an "Edith Aron School Prize", which was awarded for the first time in 2011. The prize should be awarded every two years for student projects that deal with migration and integration. In 2013, it was awarded for the second and last time because the namesake had asked to refrain from awarding an award on her behalf.
  • Saarbrücken-based film producer Barbara Wackernagel-Jacobs had the documentary Edith Aron - “The paper says nothing, listens” about the life and work of Edith Aron shot between 2010 and 2015 . The director was the former artistic director of the Max Ophüls Preis film festival , Boris Penth.

Works (selection)

Own works

  • The fruit basket. Stories. In: New German Issues. No. 185. NDH, Berlin 1985.
  • The time in the suitcases - stories. Wassmann, Bremen 1989, ISBN 3-926182-10-5 .
  • Stories from back then. In. The hearing . 37 (1992), 2. Pp. 9-21.
  • The wrong houses. Stories. Verlag Das Wunderhorn, Heidelberg 1999, ISBN 3-88423-156-1 .


  • Xavier Domingo: Villa Milo or the House of Pious Delights. Novel. [German first edition]. Luchterhand, Neuwied 1962.
  • Julio Cortázar: The occupied house. Stories. dtv Munich 1971, ISBN 3-423-05394-1 .
  • Julio Cortázar: The other heaven. Stories. Aufbau-Verlag, Berlin 1973. (New Text Edition)
  • Jorge Luis Borges: Unicorn, Sphinx and Salamander. Fischer, Frankfurt / M. 1993, ISBN 3-596-10584-6 . (Works; 8)
  • Jorge Luis Borges: The Anthologies. ("Handbook of Fantastic Zoology" - "The Book of Heaven and Hell" - "Book of Dreams"). Hanser, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-446-23077-4 . (Borges: Collected Works; Vol. 10)


  • Ludwig Harig : Couldn't we swap? Edith Aron, a Jewish girl from Saarland. In: Die Horen. 37 (1992), 2.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Edith Aron has passed away - Author, born in Homburg, became known as a translator , homburg.de, published and accessed on June 3, 2020.
  2. Homburg awards the Edith Aron Prize. In: Saarbrücker Zeitung. December 27, 2010, p. B3.
  3. Thorsten Wolf: The second award was also the last In: Saarbrücker Zeitung , June 6, 2013.
  4. Film about Homburg woman who fled the Nazis: the film crew travels around the world in the footsteps of the author Edith Aron - appreciation is the subject of the city council. ( Memento from April 16, 2010 in the Internet Archive ) In: Pfälzischer Merkur. April 8, 2010.