Anna Seghers, real name and surname Netty Radvanyi, born Reiling, November 19, 1900, Mainz – June 3, 1983, Berlin) is a German writer.
Zegers was born into a Jewish family, her father an antiquarian and an art expert. She studied at the Universities of Cologne and Heidelberg. In 1925 Seghers married a Hungarian writer and sociologist Laszlo Radvanya, with whom Anna Zegers had two children. Member of the Communist Party of Germany since 1928 (since 1947 a member of the SED).
In 1933, after the Nazis came to power, Seghers was briefly arrested by the Gestapo, and her books were banned, after which she emigrated to France. In 1940, Hitler’s troops entered France, and Anna Zegers moved from the occupied Paris to the south, to Marseilles. In 1941, she moved to Mexico City, where she founded the anti-fascist “Heinrich-Heine-Klub” club and the “Free Germany” magazine (German: Freies Deutschland).
After the end of World War II, in 1947, she returned to the GDR and settled in Berlin.
Zegers was a member of the World Peace Council and the Committee for International Lenin Prizes; Chairman of the Union of German Writers (1958-1978); a member of the German Academy of Arts.