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Stefanie Zweig, 81; author wrote ‘Nowhere in Africa’

‘‘Nowhere in Africa’’ told the story of her family’s time in Kenya.

Uwe Zucchi/EPA/File 2012

‘‘Nowhere in Africa’’ told the story of her family’s time in Kenya.

BERLIN — German-Jewish writer Stefanie Zweig, best known for her autobiographical novel ‘‘Nowhere in Africa,’’ died last Friday. She was 81.

Ms. Zweig was born in 1932 in Leobschuetz, now part of Poland. In 1938, her family fled the Nazi persecution of Jews and moved to Kenya, where she attended a British school.

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She returned to Germany in 1947 and worked as a journalist for many years before she began writing novels.

Of her more than two dozen books, ‘‘Nowhere in Africa,’’ first published in 1995, was the most successful, retelling the story of her family’s time in Kenya.

A movie adaptation won an Oscar for best foreign-language film in 2003.

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