Ruth Klüger is Professor Emeritus of German Studies at the University of California, Irvine and a Holocaust survivor. She is also the author of the bestseller weiter leben: Eine Jugend about her childhood in the Third Reich. She was born in Vienna, and after the Nazi annexation of Austria, she was deported to Theresienstadt concentration camp together with her mother at the age of 11; her father had tried to flee abroad, but was detained and killed. One year later she was transferred to Auschwitz, then to Christianstadt, a subcamp of Gross-Rosen.
Following the end of World War II in 1945 she settled in the Bavarian town of Straubing and later studied philosophy and history at the Philosophisch-theologische Hochschule in Regensburg. Her works include: Katastrophen. Über die deutsche Literatur, Göttingen; Von hoher und niederer Literatur, Göttingen ; Knigges Umgang mit Menschen, "Eine Vorlesung"; Frauen lesen anders; Landscapes of Memory; Still Alive: A Holocaust Girlhood Remembered, (English translation of weiter leben. Eine Jugend) and unterwegs verloren. Erinnerungen. Her awards include, but are not limited to: Rauriser Literaturpreis (1993) Johann-Jacob-Christoph-von Grimmelshausen-Preis (1993) Prix de la Shoah (1998) Thomas-Mann-Preis (1999) Goethe-Medaille (2005) Lessing-Preis des Freistaates Sachsen (2007) Theodor-Kramer-Preis (2011) Austrian Danubius prize (2011).