On This Day … 14 October

People (Births)

  • 1936 – Jürg Schubiger, Swiss psychotherapist and author (d. 2014).

Jürg Schubiger

Jürg Schubiger (14 October 1936 to 15 September 2014) was a Swiss psychotherapist and writer of children’s books.

Schubiger was born in Zürich and raised in Winterthur, Switzerland. He graduated from the University of Zürich in German Studies, Psychology and Philosophy. He wrote his PhD thesis on Franz Kafka.

He won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Youth Literature Award) in 1996 for Als die Welt noch jung war. For his ‘lasting contribution’ as a children’s writer Schubiger received the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2008. The award conferred by the International Board on Books for Young People is the highest recognition available to a writer or illustrator of children’s books.

Schubiger died in 2014, aged 77, four weeks and one day before his 78th birthday.

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