Udo Steinke

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Udo Steinke (born May 2, 1942 in Litzmannstadt ; † October 12, 1999 in Munich ) was a German-speaking writer.


In 1947 Steinke's family came to Eilenburg . Udo Steinke attended the mountain school there from 1948 to 1956 and then learned the profession of candy cooker at the Henze confectionery industry in Eilenburg . He is the father of the freelance artist Falk-Ingo Renner, born in 1963, and the anatomist Hanno Steinke, also born in 1963.

He studied literature in Leipzig from 1960 to 1965 and then worked as a lecturer at VEB Druck und Verlag in Leipzig. In 1968 he stayed in Germany after a business trip and chose to live in Munich. In addition to a few occasional jobs, he worked as a journalist and on the mediation of the then Foreign Minister Genscher at the headquarters of the Goethe Institute in Munich.

He achieved his literary breakthrough with the novel I knew Talmann , published in 1980 , which was awarded the Bavarian Literature Prize. Then six more books appeared. An often recurring theme in his work is the division of Germany, for example into double German . Steinke was u. a. friends with Heinrich Böll , Willy Brandt and Hans-Dietrich Genscher .

The Steinke Institute in Bonn, which was co-founded by Steinke's widow, is dedicated to his literary memory. The institute houses the Udo Steinke archive with the literary estate and correspondence, organizes readings by authors and is also a German language school for foreign applicants.



  • Hans-Joachim Böttcher : "Steinke, Udo", in: Important historical personalities of the Düben Heath, AMF - No. 237. 2012, p. 98.

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