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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Fled with family to The Hague (where father was stationed as diplomat) to escape the Spanish Civil War
Moved to France with family
Joined the Spanish Communist Party and the French Resistance
Arrested by Nazis for resistance activities and sent to Buchenwald concentration camp
Elected member of Central Committee of Spanish Commmunist Party
Expelled from Spanish Communist Party over ideological differences
Published first book, Le Grand Voyage
First film as screenwriter, "La Guerre Est Finie"
Penned The Second Death of Ramon Mercader, which won France's prestigious Femina literary prize
Co-wrote the screenplay for "Z" with director Costa-Gavras
Made feature directing debut with "The Two Memories"
Named Spain's culture minister under Socialist Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez
Chronicled his experiences in the Nazis' Buchenwald death camp in Literature or Life