Else Ury (November 1, 1877 in Berlin- January 13, 1943 in the Auschwitz concentration camp) was a German writer and childrens book author. Her best-known character is the blonde doctors daughter Annemarie Braun, whose life from childhood to old age is told in the ten volumes of the highly successful Nesthäkchen series.During Urys lifetime Nesthäkchen und der Weltkrieg (Nesthäkchen and the World War), the fourth volume, was the most popular.
Else Ury was a member of the German Bürgertum (middle class). She was pulled between patriotic German citizenship and Jewish cultural heritage. This situation is reflected in her writings, although the Nesthäkchen books make no references to Judaism.As a Jew during the Holocaust, Ury was barred from publishing, stripped of her possessions, deported to Auschwitz and gassed the day after she arrived.
A cenotaph in Berlins Weissensee Jewish Cemetery (Jüdischer Friedhof Weißensee) memorializes her.