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Karin Jäckel, Ph.D., Author


[Translated from the German text at urbia]

Already as a child I knew  that I would eventually write books.  Therefore I began with that at age eight, by publishing a story in a newspaper and by sending my first novel at age 13 to a publisher who thought, unfortunately, that I should still practice a little.  That's what I did, and through that it became by 1999 exactly 65 books — trend rising.

Karin Jaeckel visting the Statue of Liberty, June 2001About what do I write?  For children I write picture books and small volumes about animals and small witches, about Christmas and spooks — whatever so comes into my mind.  For teenagers I write novels, wherein the topics deal with young people, who get children even though they are still children themselves; or about run-away children who run away because they can't stand it anymore at home, and about other such problems.  Many readers write to me that these books helped them to get to know themselves better and to find their way through life.  That is satisfying for me.

For adults I write socio-critical non-fiction books.  As one of the first German woman authors to cover such issues, I wrote for example about women who were raped and about sexually exploited and abused children.  One of my bestsellers, Monika B. I'm no longer your daughter, describes the life of such a child.  With the book "Don't tell anyone who your father is" I entered new territory, through writing about the situation of Catholic priests who have children in secret.  It is a bitter report about a church which protects unborn life.  The work I did on that taught me how many children are "In Fear of Life."  For them and their parents I then wrote a book with that very same title, to give them courage.  In other books, such as Is it all Matrimony or What?, as well as The Secondhand Man: Loved no longer and pillaged — Fathers after Separation, and the related handbook My Child Belongs to Me As Well — Handbook for Fathers after Separation, I analyzed — and came to terms with — partnership issues, especially with respect to fathers.  But mothers, too, aren't being short-changed.  To them I dedicated my books Abandoned — When Mothers Renounce Their Children, and The Wife at His Side — "Mere" Housewives in the Looking-glass of Feminism.

Even though I love my work, my family is the true source of joy in my life. My husband and I got to know one another when we were 17 and 18, respectively. Our three sons are 23, 18 and 12 years old, and I'll never stop being grateful for their presence.

urbia is to become a family, too, although only a virtual one, but one in which one listens to one another just as in real life, debates, becomes intellectually stimulated and stimulates others.  It is my pleasure to meet you in the "family room" for a chat.  The only thing is, I can't serve you a cup of tea or coffee via the Internet.

You can reach me at Karin.Jaeckel@urbia.com


Karin Jaeckel's Website (German Language)


Table of Contents of excerpts from some of Karin Jaeckel's books

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One of the latest books by Karin Jaeckel, "Germany Devours its Children" (Rowohlt 2000, DM 19,90), recently came on the market.  It is a book that critiques Germany's destructive and devastating family politics and policies — inspired and driven by  family-hostile, radical feminists and their collaborators.


Unfortunately, even though Karin Jaeckel is a very popular author in German-speaking countries, as of now no English-language editions of her works were published.

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Posted 2000 10 17
Updates:
2001 02 04 (format changes)
2001 06 23 (added reference to Table of Contents)
2007 12 15 (reformated)