Nirgendwo in Afrika / Irgendwo in Deutschland by Stefanie ZweigZweig is best known for her autobiographical novel, Nirgendwo in Afrika (Nowhere in Africa, 1998), based on her early life in Kenya, which was filmed and won an Oscar in 2002 for Best Foreign Film. Her family, being Jewish, fled Nazi Germany, for Africa. They went from an urban life in Breslau (now Wroclaw) to a farm in Kenya in 1938 when she was five. She attended an English boarding school while there. In 1941, the family received a postcard from her grandmother saying We are very excited, we are going to Poland tomorrow, which implied Auschwitz. Zweig has returned to Kenya twice since leaving in 1947 at the age of 15. She found the farm had been destroyed.
Her teenage years in Germany were recounted in the autobiographical novel Irgendwo in Deutschland (Somewhere in Germany). Her father was given work as a judge in post-World War II West Germany, partly because there was no need to denazify him.
Her first African novel was Ein Mund voll Erde (A Mouth Full of Earth) in 1980. It won several awards, and describes an infatuation with a Kikuyu boy.
She had a long career as an arts editor on a Frankfurt tabloid. In later life, she began writing childrens literature and then began her novels. Although she is a best-selling author in German, she is not well known in the English-speaking world, except for Nowhere in Africa.
Nowhere in Africa
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The Jewish Redlich family emigrated from Germany to Kenya in Life on the isolated arid farm, however, is by no means easy. The elegant Jettel finds it extremely difficult to come to terms with life in Africa, while young Regina falls in love with the country. But fate has other obstacles in store for them…. The Jewish Redlich family emigrate to Kenya in The War in Europe is imminent and the provident Walter decides to save those closest to him from its consequences.
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NOWHERE IN AFRICA (NIRGENDWO IN AFRIKA)
It is so rare to find a film where you become quickly, simply absorbed in the story. You want to know what happens next. Caroline Link's "Nowhere in Africa" is a film like that, telling the story of a German Jewish family who escapes from the Nazis by going to live and work on a farm in rural Kenya. It's a hard-scrabble farm in a dry region, and the father, who used to be a lawyer, is paid a pittance to be the manager. At first, his wife hates it.
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