Regina Scheer wins Leipzig Book Fair Prize 2023

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Our author Regina Scheer receives this year's Leipzig Book Fair Prize in the non-fiction category for "Bitter Wells", her documentary biography about the life of the Jewish communist Hertha Gordon-Walcher.

The seven-member jury chose the work from 465 submissions at yesterday's award ceremony at the Leipzig Book Fair. The prize is also awarded in the categories fiction and translation and is endowed with a total of 60,000 euros.

From the jury's statement:

“In ‘Bitter Wells’, Regina Scheer traces the extraordinary and exemplary life of Hertha Gordon-Walcher and at the same time chronicles the socialist and feminist movements in the 20th century. ‘Bitter Wells" goes far beyond an ordinary biography: the author masterfully and transparently interweaves historical research with personal memories. […] This narrative non-fiction book stands for great openness in dealing with breaks, inconsistencies and gaps in our knowledge of life histories - and is a precise documentation of political contexts whose traces shape the present.”


Bitter Wells

Regina Scheer

About the book
Regina Scheer looks back on the impressive life of Herta Gordon-Walcher. The Jewish woman was Clara Zetkin's secretary in the 1920s. Together with her husband, she joins the socialists and fights for a fairer world. Surrounded by resistance figures such as Rosa Luxemburg, Wilhelm Pieck, Bertolt Brecht and Willy Brandt, she experienced the rise of National Socialism at first hand. Flight and exile followed. Regina Scheer spoke with Hertha Walcher for twenty years; she empathically tells of her life of privation for a great idea and in doing so makes the female part of the history of the left movement visible.

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