Menu JTA Search

Clara Malraux Dead at 85

Clara Malraux, former wife of French author Andre Malraux, and herself a noted writer, died last week at the age of 85. She will be buried Tuesday in Paris. Clara Malraux, born to a family of German Jewish bankers, the Gold-schmidts, met Malraux in the 1920’s and, according to most literary historians inspired his first works and helped his literary and journalistic evolution.

They separated in the late 1930’s but Malraux refused to divorce Clara, thus enabling her to enjoy the protection his name provided during the Nazi occupation of France. Involved with Jewish issues and a Zionist, Mrs. Malraux wrote extensively about these subjects. One of her best known works is a sociological study of life in Israeli kibbutzim.