URY, ELSE (1877–1943), bestselling German author. Born in Berlin into a upper-middle-class Jewish family, Ury first received recognition for her story "Studierte Maedel" ("Academic Girls," 1906), which touched on a controversial topic, as women gained access to universities in Prussia only in 1908. Later she became famous for her children's book series Nesthaekchen (1918–1925) in ten volumes; she wrote a total of 39 books.
Else Ury was murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau in January 1943.
M. Brentzel, Nesthaekchen kommt ins KZ: eine Annaeherung an Else Ury (1992); M. Berger, in: Beiträge Jugendliteratur und Medien (1993), 123–24; G. Stern, in: Gegenbilder und Vorurteil (1995), 217–28; G. Wilkending, in: Hinauf und Zurueck in die herzhelle Zukunft (2000), 177–88.
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