Annemarie Kristiansen (Birnbaum)

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Annemarie Kristiansen (Birnbaum) (Selinko)

Also Known As: "Birnbaum"
Birthplace: Vienna (IKG: 1426), Austria
Death: July 28, 1986 (71)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Place of Burial: Hellerup, Denmark
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Felix Selinko and Grethe Birnbaum - Selinko
Wife of Erling Kristiansen
Mother of Michael Kristiansen
Sister of Liselotte Feelicitas Roeders - Rosenbaum

Managed by: Randy Schoenberg
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About Annemarie Kristiansen (Birnbaum)

(3) Annemaries images (except face close-up) provided by William (Bill) Turnbull, son of Gisela "Gisi" Rusznyak (skating Left= Annemarie & her governess, Right= Gisi) student and close friend of Annemarie, with whom she corresponded periodically, until Annemaries passing

Annemarie s book Desirée web page, Book & VHS (Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons) and U-Tube

wikipedia - Annemarie Selinko (September 1, 1914 - July 28, 1986) was an Austrian novelist who wrote a number of best-selling books in German from the 1930s through the 1950s. Although she had been based in Germany, in 1939 at the start of World War II she took refuge in Denmark with her Danish husband, but then in 1943, they again became refugees, this time to Sweden.

Many of her novels have been adapted into movies and all have been translated into numerous languages. Her last work Désirée (1951) was about Désirée Clary, one of Napoleon's lovers and, later, a queen of Sweden. It has been translated into 25 languages and in 1956 was turned into a movie with Marlon Brando and Jean Simmons. It is dedicated to her sister Liselotte, who was murdered by the Nazis.

wikipedia (in German) - extracts: an Austrian-Danish author who lived in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Paris and London.. ..studied languages and history at Vienna university & became a political writer and Austrian correspondent for the French magazine L'Intransigeant.. In 1937 the novel "Ich war ein häßliches Mädchen" (I was an Ugly Girl) was published and she was put by the critics on the same level as Vicky Baum. The novel was translated into 12 languages & a Film. On an assingment to Geneva in 1937 to interview politicians, she met a Danish student Erling Kristiansen, whom she later married in 1938.. ..During WW-II when Germans invaded Denmark, Annemarie Selinko-Kristiansen joined the opposition movement and was arrested in 1943 for a short time by the Gestapo. With her husband, she fled in an open fishing boat to Sweden and worked in Stockholm news agency. Near the end of the war, she was active as an interpreter with the charitable organization Red Cross.. ..Other works: Morgen wird alles besser (Tomorrow is Always Better) 1941, made into a Film; "Morgen gaat het beter" Netherlands 1939 and "Heute heiratet mein Mann" (My Husband Marries Today) 1943, made into a Film West Germany 1956

Annemarie Selinko finished school in 1932. At the University of Vienna she was registered as a student in history only in winter term 1932/33; in 1933 she was registered as a student in the Max Reinhardts actors school. Around this period, she started her career as a journalist and writer. It seems that her father Felix lived in rather modest conditions (I recommend the lecture of Annemaries novels!). Maybe she gave up her studies, because she had to earn money. In 1938 she married Erling Kristiansen (a student at that time) and left Austria (together with her mother Grete Birnbaum-Selinko) for Denmark. Annemaries grandmother Ida Wolf fled to Brno, Moravia; from there she was deported to Terezín (Theresienstadt), Bohemia, Czech concentration camp where she died in 1943.

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Annemarie Kristiansen (Birnbaum)'s Timeline

September 1, 1914
Vienna (IKG: 1426), Austria
March 21, 1948
House No.69, Lipník nad Bečvou, Přerov District, Olomouc Region, Czech Republic
July 28, 1986
Age 71
Copenhagen, Denmark
Hellerup Cemetery, Hellerup, Denmark