Lore Berger

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Lore Berger
BornLenore Berger
(1921-12-17)17 December 1921
Died14 August 1943(1943-08-14) (aged 21)
Occupation Author, translator
Education University of Basel
Notable worksDer barmherzige Hügel, 1943

Lore Berger (* 17 December 1921 in Basel; † 14 August 1943) was a Swiss writer who committed suicide at the age of 21.

Basel Place in Basel-Stadt, Switzerland

Basel is a city in northwestern Switzerland on the river Rhine. Basel is Switzerland's third-most-populous city with about 180,000 inhabitants.



Berger was born in Basel to a family of teachers. In 1939 she entered the University of Basel. During World War II served in the army. At that time she was diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. Her first novel, Der barmherzige Hügel, was written in 1943 for a literary competition. [1] Lore Berger committed suicide on 14 August 1943 at the age of 21. Her book was published after her death. In 1981 the book was adapted by a German film director Beat Kuert into a movie “Die Zeit ist böse”. [2]

University of Basel university in Basel, Switzerland

The University of Basel is located in Basel, Switzerland. Founded on 4 April 1460, it is Switzerland's oldest university and among the world's oldest surviving universities. The university is traditionally counted among the leading institutions of higher learning in the country.

World War II 1939–1945 global war

World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a global war that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world's countries—including all the great powers—eventually formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis. A state of total war emerged, directly involving more than 100 million people from over 30 countries. The major participants threw their entire economic, industrial, and scientific capabilities behind the war effort, blurring the distinction between civilian and military resources. World War II was the deadliest conflict in human history, marked by 50 to 85 million fatalities, most of whom were civilians in the Soviet Union and China. It included massacres, the genocide of the Holocaust, strategic bombing, premeditated death from starvation and disease, and the only use of nuclear weapons in war.

Anorexia nervosa eating disorder characterized by refusal to maintain a healthy body weight, and an obsessive fear of gaining weight due to a distorted self image.

Anorexia nervosa, often referred to simply as anorexia, is an eating disorder, characterized by low weight, food restriction, fear of gaining weight, and a strong desire to be thin. Many people with anorexia see themselves as overweight even though they are, in fact, underweight. They often deny that they have a problem with low weight. They weigh themselves frequently, eat small amounts, and only eat certain foods. Some will exercise excessively, force themselves to vomit, or use laxatives to produce weight loss. Complications may include osteoporosis, infertility, and heart damage—among others. Women will often stop having menstrual periods.

Notable Works


  1. Lore Berger in Bibliomedia
  2. NY Times review. “Die Zeit Is Bose”
  3. "Berger, Lore". World Cat Identities.

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