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Also Known As: Jorge Maura Semprun Died: June 7, 2011
Born: December 10, 1923 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Madrid, ES Profession: screenwriter, novelist, director

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A son of the embattled Spanish Republic and the French Resistance who spent two years in Buchenwald, Jorge Semprun used his wartime and post-war experience as the source of several novels and screenplays. His first venture into the film world came with the script for Alain Resnais' "La Guerre est finie" (1966); another notable collaboration was on Costa-Gavras' "Z" (1969). Semprun also directed one film, "The Two Memories" (1974). He was appointed Spanish Minister of Culture in July 1988.

A son of the embattled Spanish Republic and the French Resistance who spent two years in Buchenwald, Jorge Semprun used his wartime and post-war experience as the source of several novels and screenplays. His first venture into the film world came with the script for Alain Resnais' "La Guerre est finie" (1966); another notable collaboration was on Costa-Gavras' "Z" (1969). Semprun also directed one film, "The Two Memories" (1974). He was appointed Spanish Minister of Culture in July 1988.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Les Deux Memoires (1974) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Cat Without a Grin, A (2002) Narration
3.
 La guerre est finie (1967) Narrator
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1936:
Fled with family to The Hague (where father was stationed as diplomat) to escape the Spanish Civil War
1939:
Moved to France with family
1940:
Joined the Spanish Communist Party and the French Resistance
1943:
Arrested by Nazis for resistance activities and sent to Buchenwald concentration camp
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Liberated by allies; returned to Paris; began writing and translating; worked as United Nations translator
1953:
Elected member of Central Committee of Spanish Commmunist Party
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Lived clandestinely in Spain under pseudonym "Federico Sanchez"
1962:
Expelled from Spanish Communist Party over ideological differences
1964:
Published first book, <i>Le Grand Voyage</i>
1966:
First film as screenwriter, "La Guerre Est Finie"
1969:
Penned <i>The Second Death of Ramon Mercader</i>, which won France's prestigious Femina literary prize
1970:
Co-wrote the screenplay for "Z" with director Costa-Gavras
1974:
Made feature directing debut with "The Two Memories"
1988:
Named Spain's culture minister under Socialist Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez
1994:
Chronicled his experiences in the Nazis' Buchenwald death camp in <i>Literature or Life<i/>
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Education

Lycee Henri IV: -
Sorbonne, University of Paris: - 1942

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father:
Jose Maria Semprun Gurrea. Dean of Law, University of Madrid; Governor of Toledo; member, Diplomatic Corps.

Bibliography close complete biography

"The Long Journey" Grove Press
"The Second Death of Ramon Mercader" Grove Press
"The Autobiography of Federico Sanchez" Karz
"What a Beautiful Sunday" Harcourt Brace Jovanovich
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