Else Feldmann

Else Feldmann

Else Feldmann (February 25, 1884, Vienna - 1942, Sobibór extermination camp) was an Austrian writer, playwright, poet, socialist journalist, and victim of the Nazi Holocaust. She grew up in Leopoldstadt as the daughter of poor Jewish parents with her six siblings. She attended college, but after her father lost his job she was forced to leave school to work in a factory. By 1908, she was able to become a contributor to the socialist newspaper Arbeiter-Zeitung and went on to co-found a socialist writers group, Vereinigung sozialistischer Schriftsteller, with Jewish socialist poet Josef Luitpold Stern, communist author, poet, essayist, and songwriter Fritz Brügel, Jewish anarchist and socialist lyricist and poet Theodor Kramer, and early science fiction author Rudolf Brunngraber. Feldmann was able to develop stories from her articles into novels to reach a wider audience with her socialist message. She began working full time for the Arbeiter-Zeitung in 1923 until the newspaper, along with other socialist and communist political activity, was forbidden by the Nazi Party in 1934. On June 14, 1942 Feldman was captured by the Gestapo and sent to Sobibór where she was murdered.


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