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Hubert Fichte
(March 21, 1935 - March 8, 1986) Germany

Hubert Fichte

Writer

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Hubert FichteBorn in Perleberg, Westpriegnitz, his Jewish father fled Germany before his birth, and his unwed Protestant mother brought Fichte up in her parents' home in Hamburg.

To avoid Nazi persecution, Fichte's mother hid him in a Catholic orphanage in Upper Bavaria for a year (1942). At the age of 11 Fichte began to work as a child actor at some of Hamburg's well-known theatres.

In his teens he met the Hamburg author and hormone researcher Hans Hanny Jahnn who had a strong impact on Fichte's intellectual development and self-awareness.

From his mid-tens to his late twenties, Fichte studied French, worked as a shepherd in Provence, directed a shelter for homeless in Paris, studied agricolture in Northern Germany and in Sweden, and worked in a home for juvenile delinquents.

From 1963 he worked as a freelance writer. In his work he was always preoccupied with outsider position, inspired by his own status of outsider as a half-Jewish man, an illegitimate child, and a bisexual. He died in Hamburg.

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Source: excerpts from: Gabriele Griffin, Who's Who in Lesbian and Gay and Writing, Routledge, London, 2002

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