Stella Rotenberg

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Stella Rotenberg , née Siegmann (born March 27, 1916 in Vienna , Austria-Hungary , † July 3, 2013 in Leeds ) was a German-speaking writer and poet .


After passing her Matura, Stella Siegmann studied medicine at the University of Vienna . She was forcibly de-registered in 1938 and tried to get a permit to enter Great Britain. Her way finally led to Leiden , where she was supposed to run the household for a single man, who was obviously harassed by him. Siegmann then went to the refugee committee in The Hague , which assigned her to work as an unpaid home help in an orphanage in The Hague, and she also had to report to the police every day.

In August 1939 she finally managed to emigrate to Great Britain, where she completed an apprenticeship as a nurse, and later worked as a doctor's assistant and accountant. In 1940 she married Wolf Rotenberg, a former student colleague from Vienna, and began to write that same year.

After the war ended, she learned that her parents and almost all of her relatives had been murdered in the Nazi extermination camps.

Stella Rotenberg had lived in Leeds since 1948 . In 2001 she received the Theodor Kramer Prize for writing in resistance and in exile from the Theodor Kramer Society . Rotenberg was an honorary member of the PEN Center for German-Language Authors Abroad .


  • Poems . Olamenu, Tel-Aviv 1972.
  • That we are left . Bläschke, Darmstadt 1978.
  • Shards are a finite hoard . Publishing house for social criticism, Vienna 1991.
  • Of uncertain origin . Collected prose. Edited and with an afterword by Siglinde Bolbecher. With pictures by Hildegard Stöger. Theodor Kramer Society, Vienna 1997, ISBN 978-3-901602-02-3 .
  • Together with Tamar Radzyner: My true home. My True Homeland . Edition Mnemosnyne Volume 8. Alekto-Verlag, Klagenfurt 1999, ISBN 3-900743-94-0 .
  • Shards . Edinburgh Review, Edinburgh 2003 (bi-lingual edition).
  • To the source . Collected poems. Edited by Siglinde Bolbecher and Beatrix Müller-Kampel. Theodor Kramer Society , Vienna 2003, ISBN 978-3-901602-07-8
  • Contribution in: Exil. Literature and memory. A reader. Ed. Thomas Wallerberger, Judith Goetz , Alexander Emanuely . Verlag der Theodor Kramer-Gesellschaft, Vienna 2012 ISBN 390160247X



  • Siglinde Bolbecher , Konstantin Kaiser : Lexicon of Austrian exile literature . In collaboration with Evelyn Adunka, Nina Jakl and Ulrike Oedl. Deuticke, Vienna 2000, ISBN 3-216-30548-1 , pp. 553f.
  • Primus-Heinz Kucher: Rotenberg, Stella. In: Andreas B. Kilcher (Ed.): Metzler Lexicon of German-Jewish Literature. Jewish authors in the German language from the Enlightenment to the present. 2nd, updated and expanded edition. Metzler, Stuttgart / Weimar 2012, ISBN 978-3-476-02457-2 , p. 430.
  • Beate Schmeichel-Falkenberg : Saying the unspeakable: Stella Rotenberg's exile poems , in: No complaint about England? German and Austrian exile experiences in Great Britain 1933–1945 , ed. by Charmian Brinson , Richard Dove, Anthony Grenville, Marian Malet and Jennifer Taylor. iudicium Verlag, Munich 1998 (Publications of the Institute of Germanic Studies, University of London School of Advanced Study, Vol. 72), pp. 62–73.
  • Chiara Conterno: Biographies of Jewish Women: From Vienna to Leeds - Stella Rotenbergs (1915–2013) British exile . In: Medaon 14 (2020), 26 ( online ).

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Individual evidence

  1. Quotation: My employer there, a man of 40 years, was single and had obviously hoped that I would be his girl for everything in the truest sense of the word . I couldn't offer him anything. (P. 101), Oh, you write in German? , edited by Karin Reinfrank-Clark, Verlag Bleicher, Gerlingen, 1986