GOOGLE DOODLE,Tribute to Nely Sachs.. Who Was Nelly Sachs?? Facts and Quotes About her

Source : GETTY IMAGES – Google Doodle marks the 127th birthday of German Jewish poet and dramatist Nelly Sachs, But Do you know who is Nelly Sachs? 

Leonie Nelly Sachs, born in Berlin on December 10, 1891. As refugee, arrived in Sweden with my mother on May 16, 1940. Since then living in Stockholm and active as writer and translator.

Nelly Sachs (1891 -1970), her parent is wealthy manufacturer, she grew up in fashionable area of berlin. While at an early age she began writing poetry, she also studied music and dancig. In 1940 she escape to Sweden, Miss Sachs took up the study of Swedish and devoted much of her time to the translation of such Swedish poets as Gunnar Ekelöf, Johannes Edfelt, and Karl Vennberg.

She published her poetry in German newspapers, it’s just for her own enjoyment, as well as a collection of stories called Legends and Tales.

At this time she also correspond with famous Swedish writer Selma Lagerlöf—who became the first woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1909.

After Nazi in power, Sachs realize that she will sent to a forced labour camp, Lagerlöf saved Sachs and her mother’s lives (her father had died in 1930). That’s why she escape to Sweden. Then Sachs learnt Swedish, and supported herself and her mother in a one-room apartment by working as a translator, at this time she wrote very power full poem about the aftermath of the war and family members who died in concentration camps.

As a tribute to her, Google said “Her haunting poem O die Schornsteine (O the Chimneys), evokes the spirits of the dearly departed through the image of smoke rising from the camps. Sachs described the 'metaphors' in her poetry as 'wounds,' but her work also explores themes of transformation and forgiveness. She expanded on these ideas in her 1951 play Eli: Ein Mysterienspiel vom Leiden Israels (Eli: A Mystery Play of the Sufferings of Israel). Source :

On its website, The Nobel Prize describes the seminal significance of her work.

Her first volume of poetry, In den Wohnungen des Todes (In the Houses of Death), 1947, creates a cosmic frame for the suffering of her time, particularly that of the Jews. Although her poems are written in a keenly modern style, with an abundance of lucid metaphors, they also intone the prophetic language of the Old Testament. The collections Sternverdunkelung (Eclipse of Stars), 1949, Und niemand weiss weiter (And No One Knows Where to Go), 1957, and Flucht und Verwandlung (Flight and Metamorphosis), 1959, repeat, develop, and reinforce the cycle of suffering, persecution, exile, and death which characterizes the life of the Jewish people, and becomes transformed, in Nelly Sachs’s powerful metaphorical language, into the terms of man’s bitter, but not hopeless, destiny. Of her poetic dramas, the miracle play Eli (1950), broadcast in West Germany as a radio play, has been widely acclaimed. Nelly Sachs has received awards in Sweden and Germany, among them the Prize of the Swedish Poets Association (1958) and the “Friedenspreis des deutschen Buchhandels” (1965). In 1961 her collected poems were published under the title of Fahrt ins Staublose (Journey to the Beyond); her verse dramas in Zeichen im Sand (Signs in the Sand). O the Chimneys, English translations of some of her poetry and of her play Eli, appeared in 1967

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