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Dr. Alma Rogge

(b. 24 July 1894 in Brunswarden; d. 7 February 1969 in Bremen-Rönnebeck)

A poet and writer who composed her works in the language of her native region, Alma Rogge received the Prize for Low German Literature in 1930 for her play In de Möhl. Her first stage play, Up de Freete, premiered in Rodenkirchen in 1916, was already produced at the Hamburg Thalia Theater a year later.

Alma Rogge came from a long-established farmers’ family in the Oldenburg Wesermarsch district. Even as a child, she dreamed of becoming a writer. The Low German philologist and fairy-tale scholar Wilhelm Wisser urged her to embark on her first work, the comedy Up de Freete. Encouraged by the play’s success, in 1918 Alma Rogge earned her university entrance certificate at the “Städtische Oberrealschule” (municipal school of higher education) in Delmenhorst and went on to study literature, art history and philosophy in Göttingen, Berlin, Munich and Hamburg, where she added Low German to her range of subjects.

After attaining her doctorate, Alma Rogge initially entered employment at the Carl Schünemann publishing house, where she was responsible for the monthly magazine Niedersachsen. When the magazine was sold, Alma Rogge settled in Bremen as a freelance writer. Her stories about life in her native marshland/moorland region enjoyed ever-increasing popularity.

Helga Fuhrmann in "Bremer Frauen von A bis Z. Ein biografisches Lexikon"