Barbara Honigmann

Barbara Honigmann ( born February 12, 1949 in Berlin ) is a German writer and painter.


Barbara Honigmann is the daughter of German - Jewish immigrants who survived the era of National Socialism in exile in Britain and in 1947 came to East Berlin in order to help in the construction of a new Germany. Her father Georg Honigmann decided due to his communist convictions for re-migration in the Soviet occupation zone. In exile in England he had married the mother of Barbara Honigmann's that coming from Vienna Litzy Kohlmann (under the name Litzi Friedmann known), who had been married to his second wife with the double agent Kim Philby.

After her high school graduation Barbara Honigmann studied from 1967 at the Humboldt University, the Department of Theatre Science, the closure took place in 1972. During the following years she worked as a dramaturg and director in Brandenburg and at the Volksbühne as well as at the Deutsches Theater in East Berlin. Since 1975 she is a freelance writer.

After the birth of her first child she sat reinforced with their Jewish identity apart, joined the community in East Berlin and married in 1981 according to the Jewish rite. In 1984 she traveled out from the GDR. In her book, novel by a child they called a "triple death jump without a net: from East to West, from Germany to France, and from the middle of the assimilation into Torah Judaism ." Since then, the author lives with her ​​husband, the director of the Heidelberg Central Archives for the Study of the History of the Jews in Germany, Peter Honigmann, in Strasbourg. Barbara Honigmann has two children, John Honigmann (* 1976) and another son (* 1983).

Barbara Honigmann is a member of the PEN Centre of German-speaking authors abroad. Since 2007 she has been a corresponding member of the Academy of Sciences and Literature in Mainz, since 2009, a corresponding member of the German Academy for Language and Literature.

Barbara Honigmann counts together with Maxim Biller, Rafael Seligmann, Esther Dischereit, Irina Liebmann, Robert Schindel, Peter Stephan Jungk and other authors to write German, "second generation" of Jewish families who survived the Holocaust.

Her books have been translated into French, Italian (Con tanto, tanto affetto Übers A. Louise. Marsilio, Venezia 2002), English, Hungarian ( ISBN 963-9348-90-2 Zohara utazása ), Norwegian, Dutch, Brazilian, Danish and Finnish translated.


The jury of Elisabeth Langgässer literary award, which was conferred on February 26, 2012, the award -founded with the fact that " honey man to man [ would bring ] Judaism in a warm way closer and it [ get ] from the secret out " ( Irina Wittmer ). " It shows that the power of evil could not destroy everything," says Wittmer, which also parallels the life and family history of Elisabeth Langgässer looks, which was " marked irrationalities and the delusion of the 20th century," also from the. Critic Thomas Koch, also a jury member, praised the recurring reference to Honigmann's biography, describing their work as " a no-frills, entschlackte, yet very poetic prose ".



  • The singing soaring lark, Berlin 1979, perf. Stages of the city of Zwickau, November 23, 1980 Director: Klaus Thewes. Reprint: Marion Victor (ed ) Playground, 3 Publisher of the authors, Frankfurt, 1990 ( pp. 125-160 ), ISBN 3-88661-107-8 ( also as a record )
  • The Tailor of Ulm. Henschel, Berlin 1981 ( Mskr ) radio play, first broadcast April 1, 1982, SR; Theater: perf. Frankfurt / M. March 22, 1984, directed by Wolf Bird, Theater am Turm
  • Don Juan (included like previous titles, Mskr ) perf. Frankfurt / M. March 22, 1984, directed by Wolf Bird, Theater am Turm
  • Novel of a child Darmstadt in 1986, when TB dtv 2001 ISBN 3-423-12893-3 ( French:. Le roman d'un enfant Übers Françoise Doussin, Nicole Costantino, Charles Fichter Strasbourg 1999) ( first as a radio play, first broadcast SR 2. December 1984)
  • A love out of nothing. Rowohlt, Berlin 1991 ISBN 3-87134-004-9, ISBN 3-499-13245-1 1993 as TB (French: Un amour de rien fait translator's Christian Richard, Paris 2001)
  • Soharas travel. Berlin 1996 ISBN 3-499-22495- X
  • On Sunday the rabbi plays football. Wunderhorn, Heidelberg 1998, ISBN 3-88423-134-0 (French: . Le dimanche le joue au foot rabbin Übers Raphaelle Dedourge, Paris 2001).
  • At that time, then and afterwards.. Hanser, Munich 1999, ISBN 3-446-19668-4 (French: Les îles du passé Übers Colette Strauss- Hiva, Nîmes 1999. )
  • A " very small literature " of entrustment. In: meaning and form. 2000, No. 6, S.830 - 844th ( Poetics lecture at the University of Tübingen 12 May 2000 back to: . Bra, 2006) on Glückel of Hameln, Anne Frank, Rahel Varnhagen
  • Everything, all the best! Hanser, Munich 2000, dtv, Munich 2003. ISBN 3-423-13135-7. (French: Très affectueusement translator's Christian Richard, Paris 2001)
  • The skewness, the graceless, the impossible, the Inconsistent. Speech for the Kleist Prize. In: meaning and form. Berlin 2001, Issue 1, p.31 - 40th (again, in: B. H., 2006)
  • Again find the face. Speaking at the ceremony the Jeanette Schocken Prize. in: the hear 2001, Issue 2, p.233 -236, again in: BH, 2006
  • A chapter of my life. Hanser, Munich 2004, ISBN 3-446-20531-4 (French: L' agent recruteur Übers Colette Strauss- Hiva, Paris 2008).
  • Again find the face. About writing, writers and Judaism. ( Essays ) Hanser, Munich 2006, ISBN 3-446-20681-7 (Series: Edition accents). , Including on Albert Cohen, Bertha Pappenheim, and Jeanette Schocken; more see B. H., 2000 & 2001
  • View of the valley. For photos from Zwahlen Arnold. ( Essay ) Edition Spycher in the publishing of Urs Engeler, Basel / Weil am Rhein 2007, ISBN 978-3-938767-38-2
  • The unearthly light - return to New York. Hanser, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-446-23085-9
  • In Memory of Mom ( radio play, directed by Leonhard Koppelmann ) Southwest Broadcasting 2009 - First broadcast
  • Pictures of A. Hanser, Munich 2011, ISBN 978-3-446-23742-1.


  • Lew E. Ustinov: The wooden railroad. Berlin 1979 ( together with Nelly Drechsler ) children's play (Russian Derevjannaja doroga )
  • Anna Akhmatova: The windows frost. Berlin 1988 (together with Fritz Mierau )

Exhibition catalogs

  • Barbara Honigmann. Images and texts. Michael Hasenclever Gallery, Munich 1992 ( in: Self-Portrait as a Jew )
  • Barbara Honigmann. Thirteen pictures and a day. Catalog, Munich 1997
  • Barbara Honigmann. From names and collections. Munich 2002