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Judith Kerr

British writer and illustrator

Judith Kerr, OBE (surname pronounced /ˈkɑːr/ KAR German pronunciation: [kɛʁ];[2] 14 June 1923 – 22 May 2019) was a German-born British writer and illustrator. She was known for her Mog series and The Tiger Who Came to Tea. She also wrote novels for young adults such as When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit, which gave a child's-eye view of the Second World War.[3][4][5]

Judith Kerr

Kerr at the 2016 Berlin International Literature Festival
BornAnna Judith Gertrud Helene Kerr[1]
(1923-06-14)14 June 1923
Berlin, Weimar Republic
Died22 May 2019(2019-05-22) (aged 95)
Barnes, London, England, U.K.
GenreChildren's and young adult fiction
Notable worksThe Tiger Who Came to Tea, the Mog series, When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit
SpouseNigel Kneale
(1954–2006, his death)
ChildrenMatthew Kneale
Tacy Kneale

Kerr was born in Berlin, but moved to the United Kingdom before the Nazis rose to power because Kerr's father, openly a Nazi critic, was scared for his family's safety.[6] Kerr later became a naturalized British subject.[7]

Kerr died on 22 May 2019 from a short-illness at her home in Barnes, London at the age of 95.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. As Far As I Remember (paperback ed.). Hart Publishing. 2002. p. 23. ISBN 1-84113-565-8.
  2. As Far As I Remember (paperback ed.). Hart Publishing. 2002. p. 5. ISBN 1-84113-565-8.
  3. Philpot, Robert. "After fleeing Nazi Germany, Judith Kerr became Britain's favorite storyteller". www.timesofisrael.com.
  4. Welle (www.dw.com), Deutsche. "Artists After the Escape: Judith Kerr, children's book author at 95 | DW | 13.06.2018". DW.COM.
  5. "Judith Kerr OBE | Traces Project". www.tracesproject.org.
  6. "Judith Kerr on fleeing Hitler, working at 94 and 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea'". Financial Times. 13 October 2017. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  7. "My father and other animals". New Statesman. Retrieved 23 May 2019.
  8. Armitstead, Claire (23 May 2019). "Judith Kerr, beloved author of The Tiger Who Came to Tea, dies aged 95". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 May 2019. Judith Kerr ... died at home yesterday at the age of 95 after a short illness, her publisher said on Thursday.