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Ivan Ivanji was born in 1929 in Zrenjanin, Serbia (then a part of Yugoslavia). He was deported to Auschwitz and Buchenwald in 1944. After the war, in addition to writing numerous novels, he was active in Yugoslav theater and diplomatic circles, even serving as one of Josip Broz Tito's interpreters. His literary works include essays, reportage, short stories, translations, and dramas. From 1892 to 1988 he was secretary general of the Yugoslav writers association. Today Ivanji lives in Vienna and Belgrade and writes in both German and Serbian. Some of his best-known works include historical novels on the Roman Emperors Diocletian and Constantine, as well as Das Kinderfräulein (1998) and Der Aschenmensch von Buchenwald (1999). He has also translated literary works from German and Hungarian into Serbian and from Serbian into German.