|AUTHOR, CONCENTRATION CAMP SURVIVER (GERMANY)|
BORN 28 Apr 1900, Leipzig, Sachsen - DIED 7 Apr 1979, Berlin|
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Städtischer Zentralfriedhof Friedrichsfelde, Gudrunstrasse, Lichtenberg (Pergolenweg)
Twelfth child of a printer. In 1917 he came into trouble because of anti war propaganda. In 1927 he joined the KPD. He was arrested in 1934 and he was imprisoned in concentration camp Buchenwald from 1937 to 1944.
He used this experience in his book "Nackt under Wölfen" ("Naked among Wolves") that became the first worldwide bestseller published in the DDR. The autorities approved of the book because it supported the legend that the camp had liberated iself. In reality it was liberated by the Americans, but that time Apitz was locked up in a bunker in solitary confinement.
In 1961 he became a member of the Academy of Arts in East-Berlin. In 1965 he married Marlis Kieckhäfer and in the same year their daughter Sabine was born.
Hoffmann, Joachim, Berlin Friedrichsfelde, Ein Deutscher Nationalfriedhof, Das Neue Berlin, Berlin, 2001