Barbara Honigmann is considered one of the most distinguished German-Jewish writers of the generations born after the Second World War. She was born in East Berlin in 1949, where her parents chose to live after returning to Germany from London, where they have found refuge from the Nazis during the war. She studied theater at Humboldt University in Berlin before beginning her career as a theater director, painter, and writer in 1975. In 1984, she moved with her family to Strasbourg, France, and has been living there ever since. She published four novels and several collections of essays so far. Her works deal with the Jewish experience in Germany after the Holocaust and had won her many literary prizes, among them Germany’s prestigious Kleist Preis in 2000 and the Koret Jewish Book Award in 2004.