Claudia S. C. Schwartz – EN

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Reading performance "My grandpa, your grandpa"
Musical accompaniment: Shaul Bustan


Reading performance "We are both Meshugge"
Musical accompaniment: Shaul Bustan


Reading performance "I always believe in the deeper meaning of this life"
From the Journals of Etty Hillesum

October 11, 2022 - TROSSINGEN

Biography |

Originally from the South of Germany, Claudia graduated as an actor from the Samuel Beckett School of Drama, Trinity College Dublin/ Ireland in 2004. While still at the Beckett, Claudia received a scholarship to study acting Shakespeare and classical texts at the British American Drama Academy, Oxford/ UK. She later went on to train in physical theatre at the DAH Theatre Centre for Research in Belgrade/ Serbia. The Biennale Venice chose Claudia to participate in the ENPARTS campus 2010 hosted by Bitef Theatre in Belgrade/ Serbia.

Since graduating as an actor, Claudia has performed with and worked for award-winning theatre companies and artists in Ireland, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Germany such as, for example, the site-specific documentary theatre Das letzte Kleinod (theatre award of the German federal government). Most recently, she has appeared in the play Burn or Out at the theatre of Brandenburg an der Havel during the season 2018/2019.

Claudia's first play, a 1-woman show Ways Of Making You Talk, in which she herself played the protagonist, was nominated for the New Writing Award at the 2007 Dublin Fringe Festival Awards. In 2012, her play To Die For premiered at the English Theatre Berlin in English.

In 2012, Claudia trained as a seminar actor at the psychological institute Institut Synergie in Germany. Upon completing the training, Claudia acts as the counterpart in role-playing as part of communication trainings, coaching and assessment within the industries of business, media and politics throughout Europe. She serves as the behavioural expert and responds to the participants’ actions and communication. Furthermore Claudia “mirrors” behaviour. This method by the Institut Synergie is globally unique and has received several international awards.

Claudia's first book MESCHUGGE SIND WIR BEIDE “We are both meshuga. Our German – Israeli love story” was published in German in June 2017 by Eden Books Verlag. The Goethe-Institut and the Frankfurter Buchmesse chose Meschugge sind wir beide for the 2017 International Book Fair in Jerusalem/ Israel.

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„Liebe auf Umwegen“
(SWR Nachtcafé, 28.02.2020)

Meschugge sind wir beide (2019)
(ZDF - Länderspiegel 2019)

»Eigentlich ein Wunder«
(Jüdische Allgemeine, 10.08.2017)

„Ich glaube an die Menschen auf beiden Seiten“
(SÜDKURIER, 08.07.2017)

Souvenirs des Lebens
(Petra, 08.06.2017)

Eine deutsch-israelische Liebesgeschichte - Deutschlandfunk Nova
(Deutschlandfunk Nova, 02.06.2017)

Deutsch Israelische Familiengeschichte - ZDF morgenmagazin
Eine bewegende deutsch israelische Liebe - ZDF
(ZDF vom 12 Mai 2015)

Glaube und Liebe eines Todgeweihten
(Schleswiger Nachrichten vom 21. Juli. 2014)

Bremerhavener spielen Irrfahrt der Exodus
(ARD Mediathek, Radio Bremen/ 'Buten und Binnen' vom 15. Mai 2014)

Die Irrfahrt der Exodus (Ausschnitt)
Die Irrfahrt der Exodus (30 min.)
(Radiofeature NDR Info vom 11.05.2014, 30 Minuten)


ABOUT THE BOOK When Claudia met Shaul at the rehearsals for a play in Berlin, things came together very fast. The German actor and the Israeli composer fell in love. The situation that rapidly became the norm for the two of them was less so for the people around them. Shaul is the grandson of a Holocaust survivor; Claudia’s grandfather was a soldier in the Nazi army. Is their love for each other too crazy? Too meshuga? Together, Claudia and Shaul embark on a turbulent journey into the story of their families, through Germany and Israel. Somewhere between spätzle and hummous, nuclear and extended families, South German correctness and Israeli chutzpah, this young couple discover not only their past but also their future. The author’s genuine narrative describes how friends, parents and siblings react to their respective counterparts, the complicated stories of their life sandwiched between two different cultures and the many consequences of having an inter-religious wedding and a baby. A story full of heart and humour about two special families and what it’s like to experience the love of one’s life.

Eden Books | A publisher of Edel Germany GmbH ISBN 978-3-9591-0075-5
E-book available from: (in German)

The print edition is currently out of print.

!!! A paperback book (in German) is available directly from the author !!!
Please send your request to: - in English

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Photos: Chen Wagshall, Marco Fechner, Jan von Holleben, Ingo Wagner, Arne Schmitt, Victor Cibulka