Weiskopf, Grete

WRITER (AUSTRIA)
BORN 11 May 1905, Salzburg - DIED 15 Mar 1966, Saalfeld
REAL NAME Bernheim, Margarete
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Städtischer Zentralfriedhof Friedrichsfelde, Gudrunstrasse, Lichtenberg (Pergolenweg)

Grete Weiskopf was born in Salzburg as Margarete Bernheim. She came from a poor family and worked as a shop assistant and a typist before she moved to Berlin in 1925. There she became a member of the German communist party KPD. Her first youth book "Edu und Unku" was about social problems in the big cities and was a worldwide succes.

In 1928 she married the author Franz Weiskopf and in 1933 they left Germany after the nazis came to power. During the Second World War they lived in New York. In 1949 her husband became a diplomat for the DDR and they lived in Prague, China and Sweden. In 1953 they returned to Berlin. There she wrote several more youth books under the name of Alex Wedding.

Family
• Husband: Weiskopf, Franz Carl (1928-)

Sources
• Hammer, Klaus, Historische Friedhöfe & Grabmäler in Berlin, Stattbuch Verlag, Berlin, 1994
• Hoffmann, Joachim, Berlin Friedrichsfelde, Ein Deutscher Nationalfriedhof, Das Neue Berlin, Berlin, 2001

Images

The grave of Franz and Grete Weiskopf at the Städtischer Zentralfriedhof Friedrichsfelde, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (14 Nov 2004)

 

The grave of Franz and Grete Weiskopf at the Städtischer Zentralfriedhof Friedrichsfelde, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (14 Nov 2004)

 


Weissenbruch, Johannes Hendrik

Published: 13 Jun 2011
Last update: 13 Jun 2011