Big news! LibraryThing is now free to all! Read the blog post and discuss the change on Talk.
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.

Renata Laqueur (1919–2011)

Author of Dagboek uit Bergen-Belsen : maart 1944-april 1945

Includes the names: Renata Laquer, Renata Laqueur, Renate Laqueur

MembersReviewsPopularityRatingFavorited   Events   
12 (13)0633,933 (3.25)00
No events listed. (add an event)
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Canonical name
Legal name
Other names
Date of birth
Date of death
Burial location
Country (for map)
Place of death
Places of residence
Awards and honors
Short biography
Renata Liselotte Margarethe Laqueur was born in Brzeg or Brieg, Germany (now Poland), to a Jewish family that converted to Christianity. Her father Ernst Laqueur was a well-known physician and researcher. She and her siblings grew up in Amsterdam. She dreamed of becoming a fashion designer or journalist, but at her father's request attended an international secretarial school where she learned German, English, and French along with typing and shorthand. During this time, she wrote articles for a Dutch women's magazine. After the start of World War II, her father volunteered a medical research officer for the German Army. In 1941, she married Paul Goldschmidt, a speech therapist, with whom she joined the Dutch underground resistance. Two years later, they were arrested as Jews, sent to the Westerbork transit camp and then deported to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. There Renata began secretly to keep a diary. Five days before British and Canadian troops entered the camp, they were among the group of prisoners put on a train sent east, and were liberated by the Red Army at Tröbitz. She contracted typhus but recovered. Her husband also survived and they returned to Amsterdam in 1945. She met Dezső Weiss, a Hungarian-born doctor with whom she emigrated to the USA in 1953, settling in New York City. She worked as a secretary at the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute. In 1960 she enrolled at New York University to study English and Spanish language and literature, and later switched to comparative literature. In 1971, she earned a doctoral degree with a dissertation entitled, "Writing in Defiance: Concentration Camp Diaries in Dutch, French and German, 1940-1945." Her own diary, Dagboek uit Bergen-Belsen, Maart 1944-April 1945, was published in 1965 in the Netherlands and was later translated and published in other countries.
Disambiguation notice

Member ratings

Average: (3.25)
3 1
3.5 1

Improve this author

Combine/separate works

Author division

Renata Laqueur is currently considered a "single author." If one or more works are by a distinct, homonymous authors, go ahead and split the author.


Renata Laqueur is composed of 4 names. You can examine and separate out names.

Combine with…


About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 143,973,798 books! | Top bar: Always visible