Gudrun Pausewang (also Gudrun Wilcke, 3 March 1928 – 23 January 2020) was a German children's author. She was known for books such as The Last Children of Schewenborn and Die Wolke (Fall-Out) which were made part of German school canons. Among her primary topics were work for peace and protection of the environment, namely warning of the dangers of nuclear energy. Her books have been translated to English and received international recognitions and awards.
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Gudrun Wilcke was born in Wichstadtl (now Mladkov), Eastern Bohemia, a member of the German minority in Czechoslovakia. She was the eldest of six siblings. After the Nazis annexed the area, she became a Jungmädel at age 10. Her father died in World War II, and her mother fled with the children to the West settiling in Wiesbaden. She studied pedagogy and taught in German primary schools (Grund- und Hauptschulle), then from 1956 for Germany's foreign school services in South America, in Chile, Venezuela and Columbia. She returned to Germany with her son in 1972. She lived in Schlitz, Hesse, where she taught until her retirement in 1989, and where she wrote most of her novels. After her retirement, she achieved her Ph.D. with a dissertation entitled "Vergessene Jugendschriftsteller der Erich-Kästner-Generation (Forgotten young-adult writers of Erich Kästner's generation).
Pausewang wrote around 100 novels. she had for main topics, war and peace ("Krieg und Frieden"), poverty in South America ("Armut in Südamerika"), protection of the environment ("Schutz der Umwelt") and never again Nazi regime ("Nie mehr Nationalsozialismus"). She wrote her novel Die Wolke (The Cloud) in 1987, after the Chernobyl disaster. In 1988, it was awarded the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis, the Kurd Laßwitz Award and the Deutscher Science Fiction Preis in the category Best Novel. Her novel Dark Hours was included in the New York Public Library’s 2007 list of Books for the Teen Age Reader, and the Texas Library Association's 2007-2008 Tayshas High School Reading List, and received the Silver Medal in Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction from the Independent Publisher Book Awards.
Pausewang with Katarina Barley, then Minister of Family, at the 2017 ceremony Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis
Pausewang was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. Several schools were named after her, and she received the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis for her life's work in 2017. Her books Die Wolke and Die letzten Kinder von Schewenhorn became part of required reading in school.
From 2016, she lived in a senior citizens' home in Baunach, where she died on 23 January 2020.
Publications by Gudrung Pausewang (Gudrun Wilcke) are held by the German National Library, including:
Die Not der Familie Caldera (1977)
Auf einem langen Weg (1978)
Die Wolke (1987)
Fern von der Rosinkawiese (1989)
Reise im August (1992)
Der Schlund (Roman, 1993)
Die Kinder- und Jugendliteratur des Nationalsozialismus als Instrument ideologischer Beeinflussung. Liedertexte – Erzählungen und Romane – Schulbücher – Zeitschriften – Bühnenwerke (2005), published as Gudrun Wilcke
Books in English
The Final Journey, a translation of Reise im August by Patricia Crampton, published by Viking and Puffin Books.
Traitor, translated by Rachel Ward, published by Lerner Publishing Group.
Dark Hours, translated by John Brownjohn, published in America through Annick Press (2006).
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