Tergit, Gabrielle (1894–1982)

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Tergit, Gabrielle (1894–1982)

German writer and journalist. Born in 1894; died in 1982.

Selected works:

Käsebier erobert den Kurfürstendamm (novel, 1931); Etwas Seltenes überhaupt, Erinnerungen (posthumously published memoirs, 1983).

Born in 1894 in Germany, reporter and novelist Gabrielle Tergit came to prominence during the 1920s as a reporter for the Berliner Tageblatt (Berlin Daily News), where she earned a reputation for her compelling renditions of court cases and courtroom activities. She published one novel Käsebier erobert den Kurfürstendamm (Cheese and Beer Conquer the Kurfürstendamm), in 1931. Tergit, of Jewish heritage, was forced underground during the Nazi rule of the 1930s and 1940s. She later wrote her memoirs before her death in 1982. Etwas Seltenes überhaupt, Erinnerungen (Something Quite Special, Recollections) was published in 1983 and is considered a respected historical reference about the fate of the Jews during the Nazi Holocaust.


Bilsky, Lisa Anne. "Adrienne Thomas, Gertrud Isolani, and Gabriele Tergit: German Jewish Women Writers and the Experience of Exile." Ph.D. dissertation, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1995.

"Gabriele Tergit's Novel on German Radio," in AJR Information [London]. Vol. 30, no. 4. April 1975, p. 7.

Tergit, Gabriele. Käsebier erobert den Kurfürstendamm. Berlin: Ernst Rowohlt, 1931.

Gloria Cooksey , freelance writer, Sacramento, California

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