Coverbild You Are Not Like Other Mothers von Angelika Schrobsdorff, ISBN-978-3-423-11916-0

You Are Not Like Other Mothers

The Story of a Passionate Woman

"She was as complicated as a puzzle of several thousand parts, and I had to find these parts and put them together," says Angelika Schrobsdorff about her mother. The parts she uses are letters, photo albums, friends' memories and the life they later led together.

Everything started out well for the wealthy Jewish family in Berlin at the beginning of the century. Else Kirschner, with sparkling charm, dark curls and shiny eyes, loved her parents, who were always full of care for her, and she loved life, which blessed her with many years of prosperity filled with shows and concerts, holidays in a house at a lake and great passions. The Nazis put an end to all that. Else, who has in the meantime married the Prussian squire Erich Schrobsdorff, flees to Bulgaria with her two daughters.

Else Schrobsdorff's life resembles a dance atop a volcano, with the dancers slowly gliding into the violent center. Full of passion and admiration but also scepticism, Angelika Schrobsdorff tells us of the two lives of her mother.

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560 pages, ISBN 978-3-423-11916-0

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About the author
Portrait von Angelika Schrobsdorff

Angelika Schrobsdorff

Angelika Schrobsdorff was born in Freiburg in 1927. In 1939 she had to emigrate from Berlin to Sofia with her Jewish mother; her grand-parents were killed in Theresienstadt. She returned to Germany in 1947 and published her first novel in 1961, causing an uproar because of its lascivious language. In 1971, she married French film-maker Claude Lanzmann in Jerusalem, lived in Paris and Munich and decided in 1983 to emigrate to Israel. She wrote several novels, of which “Du bist nicht so wie andre Mütter” was the most successful. In 2006, she returned to Germany again and lived in Berlin. Angelika Schrobsdorff died in July 2016 at the age of 88.