Anna Seghers is the pen-name of German author Netty Reiling, born November 19, 1900 in Mainz.
Raised in a comfortable German-Jewish home, Reiling studied art history and wrote her doctoral dissertation on “Jews and Judaism in the Work of Rembrandt” in 1924.
A member of the Communist Party and an outspoken anti-fascist, her earliest work deals with the plight of the oppressed. She fled to Paris in 1933 and then to Mexico City. She returned to East Berlin after the war and continued to write and win honors. She died in Berlin June 1, 1983.