Esther Dischereit

Esther Dischereit’s poetry, essays, operas, and radio plays incorporate her experiences as “other,” growing up Jewish in post-war Germany. Dischereit got a degree in education, but found herself barred from teaching due to her activism in the late 1960s. Instead she became a typesetter and printer, and joined a trade union. She published a children’s book in 1985, followed in 1988 by Joëmis Tisch and in 1992 by Merryn, two books which investigated her (deceased) mother’s life through fragmented, experimental prose. She went on to write several collections of essays and poetry, libretti for operas, radio plays, and an avant-garde collaborative project, “WordMusicSpace/Sound-Concepts.” In 2009 she was awarded the Erich Fried Prize. From 1994–2006, Dischereit served in the German Trade Union Federation, organizing special projects focusing on human rights and intercultural dialogue. In 2010 she taught at Oberlin College as writer in residence, but as of 2015 continues to live and write in Berlin.  

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Among the small but growing number of Jewish writers in twenty-first–century Germany, Esther Dischereit stands out for her prolific writings in multiple genres.

Photographer: Dirk Vogel, Germany.

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