Elisabeth Herring

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Elisabeth Hering , née Elisabeth Leicht , divorced Ackner , (born January 17, 1909 in Cluj-Napoca , Austria-Hungary , † July 15, 1999 in Leipzig ) was a German writer from the German-speaking minority of the Transylvanian Saxons .


Elisabeth Hering was born on January 17, 1909 as the first daughter of Hans Leicht and Elisabeth Leicht, nee. Bacon was born in Klausenburg and grew up in Schäßburg . Both cities are located in Transylvania , which belonged to Hungary before the First World War , and was then annexed to Romania in 1919 . She attended the mountain school in Schäßburg and after completing her training as a bookseller, she married the Schäßburg pastor Hans Ackner. She moved with him to Sibiu in 1930 . In 1943, her husband received a call to church service in Poland , which was occupied by the German Wehrmacht , and he took his family, which had four children, with him. In the course of the war, the family came to Thuringia in 1944, where the fifth child was born. Elisabeth Hering had been a member of the German Party of Romania since 1935 . In 1943 she worked briefly for the Volksdeutsche Mittelstelle .

In 1951 Elisabeth Hering separated from Pastor Ackner and moved to Leipzig. In 1953 she got to know the Quakers in Leipzig , converted and joined the German annual meeting , for which she was the clerk (chairwoman) of the local group from 1958. In 1952 she married the publishing editor Walter Hering, in whom she had found an understanding advisor and helper. Since then, her books have appeared under the name Elisabeth Hering. Walter Hering died in 1972. Elisabeth Hering died on July 15, 1999 in a nursing home in Leipzig.


Hering published her first book in Leipzig, still under the name Elisabeth Ackner. Its title: The Oirol. Two love stories from ancient Korea.

With the publication of her retellings of fairy tales and legends, Elisabeth Hering had paved the way for the activity that corresponded to her actual concern, the writing of cultural-historical novels. The sense of history and poetry had already been awakened in her youth by her grandfather, Dr. Josef Bacon, who founded the Schäßburger Heimatmuseum, and his father, Hans Leicht, who wrote poems himself. Her first novel, the South Seas saga (1956), leads to Easter Island, the second, The Handmaid of the Pharaohs (1959) to ancient Egypt. Original, oldest cultures. And even in them she already finds the insatiable desire for the salvation of the world . Where is it searched? Why always playful? Because of the abuse of the healer, the saint ?

To pursue these questions in history was Elisabeth Hering's endeavor. This is most evident in the novels The Deacon of Monstab , Him in the Image and Shadow of God on Earth , where the abuse of religions is depicted, which led to the persecution of heretics and the burning of Jan Hus as well as to the Thirty Years' War . Such abuse has not only had unfortunate consequences in Christianity, but also in Islam. This can be seen in the fate of Ulug Beg , the Sultan of Samarkand, who was the greatest astronomer of his time and fell victim to the schemes of the devout dervishes.

Elisabeth Hering has published a total of 24 books, including 11 novels on cultural history, a popular science book ( Did Noah already ? , also known under the title Rätsel der Schrift ), two stories for children ( Drei Lebensretter and Der Heinzelmännchen Wiederkehr ); the rest are retellings of fairy tales, sagas and sagas.

Hering's books have been translated into six languages. Your estate is in the possession of the Leipzig City Library .


  • The Oirol: 2 love stories from old Korea , Elisabeth Ackner, Rupert-Verlag, Leipzig 1951
  • Hong Kil Tong and other fairy tales (from Korea) , Elisabeth Ackner, youth book publisher Ernst Wunderlich, Leipzig 1951
  • Li Tseh: A love story from old Korea , Leipzig, Insel-Verlag, 1955
  • Three lifesavers: a story from the days of Behring , with pen drawing. by Rudolf Haupt , Leipzig, publisher of youth books. E. Wunderlich, 1955. Licensed edition Boje-Verlag Stuttgart ( A brave heart )
  • The Heinzelmännchen Wiederkehr , Leipzig, youth book publisher E. Wunderlich, 1955
  • Was Noah already writing? , with cooperation. by Walter Hering, later under the title Rätsel der Schrift Leipzig, youth book publisher E. Wunderlich, 1956, popular science non-fiction book translated into Hungarian and Romanian
  • Fairy tales from Romania , later under the title The golden pear tree and other fairy tales from Romania , Elisabeth Hering and Walter Hering, book decoration by Kurt Eichler, Berlin, Altberliner Verl. Groszer, 1956.
  • South Seas saga , with drawings. by Rudolf Nehmer, Leipzig, youth book publisher E. Wunderlich, 1956 (later Prisma Verlag), prize in the youth book competition of the Ministry f. Culture of the GDR
  • Hansel wakes Santa Claus , a game for children in 3 pictures, music v. Carl-Ernst Teichmann, Hofmeister, Leipzig 1957, 26 pages with notes
  • The maid of the pharaohs , novel, with pen drawing. according to Egypt. Murals by Gerhard Stauf, Leipzig, Prisma-Verlag, 1958, licensed edition Boje-Verlag Stuttgart, translation into Russian and Slovak
  • Legends and fairy tales from the North Sea , Berlin, Altberliner Verl. Groszer, 1959, licensed edition Boje-Verlag Stuttgart
  • Savitri: 2 Indian love stories based on the Mahabharata , Leipzig, Prisma-Verl., 1959
  • The deacon of Monstab , Roman, Elisabeth u. Walter Hering, Berlin, VOB Union Verlag Berlin , 1961
  • Legends of the Danube and Rhine , with illustrations by Kurt Eichler, Berlin Altberliner Verlag L. Groszer, 1959
  • The Pharaoh's Sculptor , novel with pen drawing. according to Egypt. Murals by Gerhard Stauf, Leipzig, Prisma-Verl., 1963; Licensed edition Boje-Verlag Stuttgart, translation into Italian
  • The prisoner's wife: A story about Hugo Grotius , Berlin, VOB Union Verl., 1963
  • Precious items from the German fairy tale treasure , 1st of a total of three volumes, Berlin, Altberliner Verl. L. Groszer, 1963, paperback edition by Knaur
  • Him zum Bilde , Roman, Berlin, Union-Verlag, VOB, 1965
  • The accused is Aspasia , a novel with pen drawing. after Greek vase pictures by Gerhard Stauf, Leipzig, Prisma-Verl., 1967
  • Clouds over Vienna , Roman, Berlin, Union-Verl. VOB, 1970
  • Cordoba at his feet . Cultural history novel, Prisma-Verlag Zenner and Gürchott, Leipzig 1975. Recommendation of the Bavarian Ministry of Culture as school reading for grammar schools and secondary schools 1975
  • Shadow of God on Earth , Roman, Berlin, Union-Verlag, 1977
  • The turkeys in the yoke: Romanian. Schwänke, legends, fairy tales , ed. u. edit by Elisabeth Hering, with 16 illustrations after Romanian motifs. Embroidery pattern, Leipzig, Weimar. Kiepenheuer, 1980
  • The legacy of early friends. Call and order to us , published by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Pyrmont Annual Meeting, Bad Pyrmont, Quäkerhaus, 1980
  • Maze of Life , Roman, Leipzig, Prisma-Verlag, 1984
  • Precious items from the German fairy tale treasure , three-volume edition, with illustrations by Christa Unzner-Fischer, Berlin, Altberliner Verl. L. Groszer, 1986
  • King Mátyás and the Rátóte, Hungarian shield bourgeois pranks and anecdotes , transmitted by E. Hering with the assistance of Éva Jávorszky and Heinrich Weissling, Kiepenheuer, 1988
  • Sunken World - Biographical Memories of Childhood , Leipzig, self-published, 1992
  • The Pharaoh's Sculptor , Prisma-Verlag Zenner and Gürchott, Leipzig 1971.


  • Ulla Schäfer: thirst for life and thirst for knowledge. Approaching the life of the writer Elisabeth Hering , BUCHFUNK Verlag, Leipzig 2019, ISBN 978-3-86847-556-2
  • Claus BernetHERING, Elisabeth. In: Biographisch-Bibliographisches Kirchenlexikon (BBKL). Volume 28, Bautz, Nordhausen 2007, ISBN 978-3-88309-413-7 , Sp. 796-799.
  • Entry Hering, Elisabeth in the book Quakers from Politics, Science and Art, Claus Bernet, 2nd edition. 2008, ISBN 978-3-88309-469-4 .
  • Elisabeth Hering: A writer finds his topic . In: wanted. 22 authors about themselves . With an afterword by Karl Bongardt. 1st edition. Union Verlag, Berlin 1975, p. 133-146 .

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ "Elisabeth Hering - born 100 years ago" , January 17, 2009, Siebenbürgische Zeitung
  2. ^ Entry Hering, Elisabeth in the book Quakers from Politics, Science and Art, Claus Bernet, 2nd edition. 2008, ISBN 978-3-88309-469-4 .
  3. ^ Text for an exhibition on Elisabeth Hering on the website of the city library , accessed on July 18, 2014