Lenka Reinerová, the oldest German-speaking author in Prague, died Friday (27 June) at the age of 92. She devoted her life to preserving the German literary heritage in the Czech capital. In 2004 Ms Reinerová played a major role in founding the "Prague House of German-speaking Literature". On 25 January 2008, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, her speech in memory of the victims of National Socialism was read out in the German Bundestag.
Today (28 June), Federal Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement on this occasion:
"The death of Lenka Reinerová deeply saddens me. Notwithstanding her wealth of years, I found her to be a courageous and committed lady, sharp-witted and extremely humorous. Her empathetic books made her well-known across the German literary scene and beyond. We all remember her moving speech for the victims of National Socialism a few months ago.
Ms Reinerová tirelessly dedicated her life to creating a vibrant German literary life in Prague, and the "Prague House of German-speaking Literature" was her special project – now that she is no longer with us, we have a duty to make that project a success.
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family and friends at this difficult time."