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Jorge Semprun was born in Madrid, the son of diplomat for the Spanish Republic. After the defeat of the Republican government by France, Semprun emigrated to France, where he was educated. An active member of the French resistance, he was captured and spent two years in Buchenwald during WWII. Semprun holds a degree from the Sorbonne and is both a novelist and playwright. He was Spain's Minister of Culture from 1988-1991.
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