Famous 21st Century German Writers

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Eckhart Tolle
(Spiritual Teacher and Self-Help Author Known for His Works ‘The Power of Now’ and ‘A New Earth’)
Eckhart Tolle
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Birthdate: February 16, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lünen, Germany
Spiritual and self-help writer Eckhart Tolle is best known for his bestselling books The Power of Now and A New Earth. He collaborated with Oprah Winfrey, appearing in 10 live webinars and was also named to Oprah’s SuperSoul 100. He also launched Eckhart Teachings and the website Eckhart Tolle TV.
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Philipp Lahm
(Football player)
Philipp Lahm
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Birthdate: November 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
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Margot Frank
(Second World War victim)
Margot Frank
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Birthdate: February 16, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany
Died: March 9, 1945
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 4 
Michael Haneke
(Film director, Screenwriter, Writer, University teacher)
Michael Haneke
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Birthdate: March 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Munich

Award-winning Austrian film director and screenwriter Michael Haneke, who teaches film direction at the Film Academy Vienna, is best-known for films like The Piano Teacher, Caché, The White Ribbon and Amour. Haneke has made films in English, French and German, and mostly deals with subjects that examine social issues and portrays feelings of individuals facing social alienation in modern society.

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Christine Kaufmann
(First German Actress to Win the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year)
Christine Kaufmann
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Birthdate: January 11, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lengdorf, Styria, Austria
Died: March 28, 2017

German-Austrian actress, author, and businesswoman Christine Kaufmann gained attention of post-war German movie audiences with her performances in films like Rosen-Resli, Der schweigende Engel and Ein Herz schlägt für Erika. She became the first German to be honoured with Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actress for her performance in the drama film Town Without Pity.

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Günter Grass
(German Novelist & Nobel Prize Laureate, Best Known for His 1959 Novel, 'The Tin Drum')
Günter Grass
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Birthdate: October 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Free City of Danzig, Poland
Died: April 13, 2015

Günter Grass was a German novelist, illustrator, graphic artist, poet, playwright, and sculptor. A much revered and decorated writer, Grass was honored with the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature in 1999. Over the course of his illustrious career, Günter Grass won many other awards, including the Georg Büchner Prize and the Hermann Kesten Prize.

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Martin Schulz
(Politician, Bookseller, Non-fiction writer)
Martin Schulz
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Birthdate: December 20, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Eschweiler
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Gyles Brandreth
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Birthdate: March 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wuppertal, Germany
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Judith Kerr
(Writer and illustrator whose books sold more than 10 million copies around the world)
Judith Kerr
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Birthdate: June 14, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 22, 2019
 10 
Gerhard Schröder
(Politician)
Gerhard Schröder
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Birthdate: April 7, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blomberg, Free State of Lippe, Nazi Germany

Gerhard Schröder is a German retired lawyer, politician, lobbyist, and consultant. From 1998 to 2005, Schröder served as the chancellor of Germany. He is currently serving as chairman of the popular energy company Rosneft. An influential figure, Gerhard Schröder has represented Germany on a couple of occasions, including the funeral services for Fidel Castro and Boris Yeltsin. 

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Gunnar Kaiser
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Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany
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Blixa Bargeld
(Musician who has been a member of the groups Einstürzende Neubauten, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and ANBB)
Blixa Bargeld
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Birthdate: January 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
 13 
Sigmar Gabriel
(Politician, Teacher, Non-fiction writer)
Sigmar Gabriel
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Birthdate: September 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Goslar
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Jennifer Teege
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Birthdate: June 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
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Cornelia Funke
(German Author of Children's Fiction Best Known for Her Novels: ‘The Thief Lord’ and ‘Dragon Rider’)
Cornelia Funke
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Birthdate: December 10, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dorsten, Germany

Named to Time 100 in 2015, Cornelia Funke is a German children’s author who soared to fame with her best-selling novels The Thief Lord and Dragon Rider before achieving international fame with her Inkheart novel series. She has previously been a social worker, a board-game designer, and an illustrator.

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Ursula Haverbeck
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Birthdate: November 8, 1928
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Winterscheid, Gilserberg, Germany
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Jil Sander
(Fashion designer)
Jil Sander
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Birthdate: November 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wesselburen, Germany

German designer Jil Sander had been a fashion editor for Petra before she launched her own boutique. She is known for her signature minimalist aesthetic and her association with Prada, which had acquired 75% shares of her company. She later collaborated with Fast Retailing to design for Uniqlo.

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Guido Westerwelle
(Jurist, Politician, Lawyer, Writer)
Guido Westerwelle
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Birthdate: December 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bad Honnef
Died: March 18, 2016
 19 
Kristiane Backer
(Television presenter)
Kristiane Backer
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Birthdate: December 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
 20 
Wolfgang Beltracchi
(Art forger, Artist, Painter, Sculptor, Writer)
Wolfgang Beltracchi
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Birthdate: February 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Höxter

German art-forger and artist Wolfgang Beltracchi gained notoriety for his involvement in an international art scam where he forged paintings of famous artists like Max Ernst, Fernand Léger, Heinrich Campendonk, and Kees van Dongen and sold them to make profits that surpassed $100m. Beltracchi and his wife, Helene, were found guilty and were given six-year and four-year prison terms respectively.

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Patrick Süskind
(Writer, best know for his novel Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, first published in 1985)
Patrick Süskind
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Birthdate: March 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Münsing, Germany
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Petra Hammesfahr
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Birthdate: May 10, 1951
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Erkelenz, Germany
 23 
Jack Barsky
(Writer)
Jack Barsky
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Birthdate: November 13, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Reichenbach, Upper Lusatia, Germany
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Sabine Hossenfelder
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Birthdate: September 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
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Hito Steyerl
(Filmmaker)
Hito Steyerl
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Birthdate: January 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
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Katrin Himmler
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Birthdate: 1967 AD
Birthplace: Dinslaken, Germany
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Philip Burnett Franklin Agee
(Government official)
Philip Burnett Franklin Agee
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Birthdate: July 19, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tacoma, Florida, United States
Died: January 7, 2008
Konstanze von Schulthess
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Birthdate: January 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany
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Joschka Fischer
(Politician, Non-fiction writer, Lobbyist, Athletics competitor, Business consultant, University teacher)
Joschka Fischer
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Birthdate: April 12, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gerabronn
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Niklas Frank
(Journalist, Screenwriter, Writer)
Niklas Frank
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Birthdate: March 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Munich
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Dolly Buster
(Retired Czech-German Porn Star)
Dolly Buster
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Birthdate: October 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic

Dolly Buster is a Czech-German author, filmmaker, and retired pornographic actress. She appeared in more than 100 X-rated European movies and was named the hottest porn star in Germany in 2009. Dolly Buster also has a Lifetime Achievement Award, presented at the Venus Awards, and a Special Jury Award under her belt. Buster has also written a series of crime-novels.

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Thomas Gottschalk
(Radio host)
Thomas Gottschalk
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Birthdate: May 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bamberg, Germany
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Andre Gunder Frank
(Sociologist, economic historian known for contributions to world-systems theory)
Andre Gunder Frank
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Birthdate: February 24, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: April 23, 2005

Andre Gunder Frank was a German-American economic historian and sociologist who advocated dependency theory and world-systems theory. In the 1950s and 1960s, Frank taught subjects, such as economics and anthropology at several American universities. He then went on to serve as a professor at the University of Chile. From 1981 to 1994, he taught at the University of Amsterdam.

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Iris Berben
(Actress)
Iris Berben
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Birthdate: August 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Detmold, Germany
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Bert Hellinger
(Pedagogy, Non-fiction writer, Catholic priest, Psychologist)
Bert Hellinger
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Birthdate: December 16, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leimen
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Nadja Regin
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Birthdate: December 2, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Niš, Serbia
Died: April 6, 2019
Lothar-Günther Buchheim
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Birthdate: February 6, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Weimar, Germany
Died: February 22, 2007
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Sky du Mont
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Birthdate: May 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
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Ernst Nolte
(Former Philosopher, Historian known for Articulating a theory of generic fascism as “resistance to transcendence”)
Ernst Nolte
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Birthdate: January 11, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Witten, Germany
Died: August 18, 2016

Ernst Nolte was a German philosopher and historian. Nolte taught modern history from 1973 to 1991 at the Free University of Berlin. He is best remembered for his work Fascism in Its Epoch, which became a popular book upon its publication in 1963. Over the course of his illustrious career, Nolte received many awards, such as the Konrad Adenauer Prize.

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Giulia Enders
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Birthdate: 1990 AD
Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany
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Thilo Sarrazin
(Politician)
Thilo Sarrazin
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Birthdate: February 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gera, Germany

Thilo Sarrazin is a German politician and writer who served as Berlin Senator of Finance from 2002 to 2009. A former member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), Thilo Sarrazin is best known for his controversial book Germany is Doing Away with Itself in which he has criticized Germany's post-war immigration policy. The book sparked a nationwide controversy.

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Dieter Hallervorden
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Birthdate: September 5, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dessau, Dessau-Roßlau, Germany
 43 
Herta Müller
(German-Romanian Author, Who Received the 2009 Nobel Prize in Literature for Her Novel 'The Hunger Angel')
Herta Müller
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Birthdate: August 17, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nitchidorf, Romania

Nobel Prize-winning author Herta Müller grew up under the dictatorial regime of Nicolae Ceaușescu in Romania. She was fired from her first job for not co-operating with the Romanian secret police. Her works, such as Oppressive Tango and The Passport, mirror the oppression of Germans she has witnessed in Romania.

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Christa Wolf
(German Novelist and Essayist Best Known for Her 1963 Work 'Divided Heaven')
Christa Wolf
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Birthdate: March 18, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Landsberg an der Warthe, Germany
Died: December 1, 2011

Christa Wolf was a German novelist. She studied literature at the University of Leipzig and began working for the German Writers' Union. She eventually became an editor for a publication and started writing novels as well. The novels Der geteilte Himmel and Kassandra are among her most important works. She was a recipient of the Nelly Sachs Literature Prize. 

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Daniel Kehlmann
(Novelist)
Daniel Kehlmann
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Birthdate: January 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Munich, Germany

Best known for his bestselling novel Tyll, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize and is also being made into a Netflix series, German author Daniel Kehlmann is the son of TV director Michael Kehlmann and actor Dagmar Mettler. His other notable works include Measuring the World and Fame.

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Jiri Menzel
(Director)
Jiri Menzel
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Birthdate: February 23, 1938
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: September 5, 2020
 47 
Esther Vilar
(Writer)
Esther Vilar
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Birthdate: September 16, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Born to German-Jewish immigrants in Argentina, Esther Vilar studied medicine before she moved to Germany to study psychology and sociology. After taking up scores of odd jobs, she soared to international fame with her bestselling book The Manipulated Man, which argues that women aren’t oppressed but control men in relationships.

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Murad Wilfried Hofmann
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Birthdate: July 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aschaffenburg, Germany
Died: January 13, 2020
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Jürgen Todenhöfer
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Birthdate: November 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Offenburg, Germany
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Markus Heitz
(Author)
Markus Heitz
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Birthdate: October 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Homburg, Germany