Gitta Sereny

1921 - 2012

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Gitta Sereny, CBE (13 March 1921 – 14 June 2012) was an Austrian-British biographer, historian, and investigative journalist who came to be known for her interviews and profiles of infamous figures, including Mary Bell, who was convicted in 1968 of killing two children when she herself was a child, and Franz Stangl, the commandant of the Treblinka extermination camp. Born and initially raised in Austria, she was the author of five books, including The Case of Mary Bell: A Portrait of a Child Who Murdered (1972) and Albert Speer: His Battle with Truth (1995). Sereny was awarded the Duff Cooper Prize and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for her book on Albert Speer in 1995, and the Stig Dagerman Prize in 2002. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Gitta Sereny has received more than 314,920 page views. Her biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Gitta Sereny is the 2,664th most popular writer (up from 3,719th in 2019), the 552nd most popular biography from Austria (up from 588th in 2019) and the 40th most popular Austrian Writer.

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Among writers, Gitta Sereny ranks 2,664 out of 5,794Before her are Kir Bulychev, Prosper Jolyot de Crébillon, Ricardo Palma, Jónas Hallgrímsson, Itzhak Katzenelson, and Jack Higgins. After her are Pietro Carrera, Hồ Xuân Hương, Vasyl Stus, Gregory Corso, Harivansh Rai Bachchan, and Philippe de Mornay.

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Among people born in 1921, Gitta Sereny ranks 165Before her are Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar, Jair da Rosa Pinto, Elizabeth Wilson, Tadeusz Różewicz, Giorgio Strehler, and Georges Wilson. After her are Georgy Beregovoy, Vasco Gonçalves, P. V. Narasimha Rao, Amadou-Mahtar M'Bow, Judy Holliday, and Juan Zambudio Velasco. Among people deceased in 2012, Gitta Sereny ranks 139Before her are Jean Laplanche, Marcos Alonso, Dilhan Eryurt, Bohdan Stupka, Eiko Ishioka, and Eve Arnold. After her are Vicar, Boris Parygin, Josef Škvorecký, Henry Hill, Sally Ride, and Jack Tramiel.

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In Austria

Among people born in Austria, Gitta Sereny ranks 552 out of 1,075Before her are Rudolf Spielmann (1883), Friedrich Koncilia (1948), Walter Mischel (1930), Margaret of Austria, Electress of Saxony (1416), Carl Djerassi (1923), and Ferdinand Fellner (1847). After her are Christian von Ehrenfels (1859), Joseph Hellmesberger Jr. (1855), Marlen Haushofer (1920), Leopold Figl (1902), Nathan Birnbaum (1864), and Augustín Malár (1894).

Among WRITERS In Austria

Among writers born in Austria, Gitta Sereny ranks 40Before her are Ilse Aichinger (1921), Joseph Mohr (1792), Johannes Mario Simmel (1924), Erich Fried (1921), Johann Nestroy (1801), and Heimito von Doderer (1896). After her are Marlen Haushofer (1920), Nathan Birnbaum (1864), Paula von Preradović (1887), Ernst Jandl (1925), Michael Denis (1729), and René Wellek (1903).