Hilde Domin

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Pseudonyms: 
Hildegard Löwenstein
Hilde Palm

The bibliographic information here was edited and provided by Anne Williams, Brigham Young University.

Born into a wealthy Jewish family, Hilde Löwenstein grew up in Cologne, Germany, and then studied at a universities in Heidelberg and Berlin where she met  philologist Erwin Walter Palm. In 1932 she and Palm moved to Italy.  In 1935 she completed her doctorate on Renaissance politics, and a year later she and Palm married. During the war the couple moved to England and then the Dominican Republic to work at Universities and escape the Nazis. Hilde began writing in the Dominican Republic, after the death of her mother in 1951. Returning to Germany in 1954 Hilde continued to write poems, leading to Hans-Georg Gadamer's description of her as the "poet of homecoming".

Hilde often gave public readings which became quite popular.  She always read her poems twice, so that “they had time to lodge properly in the listener's ear, and her inevitable interpolations about the biographical context of her work never failed to fascinate”. She also became an important critic of contemporary literature.

For more information:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/2006/mar/16/guardianobituaries.bookscomment1
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/judaica/ejud_0002_0005_0_05315.html
http://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?new=1&gsfn=Hilde&gsln=Domin&rank=1&gss=angs-c&msbdy=1909&msddy=2006&pcat=BMD_DEATH&h=1350163&recoff=7+8&db=WebSearch-4181&indiv=1

Life
Birthdate: 
July 27, 1909
Birth Location: 
Cologne, Germany
Death Date: 
February 22, 2006
Death Location: 
Heidelberg, Germany
Family
Married to: 
Erwin Walter Palm

Works by Hilde Domin