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Henry Winterfeld
Henry Winterfield seated, in a jacket and tie.
Born (1901-04-09)April 9, 1901
Died January 27, 1990(1990-01-27) (aged 88)
Machias, Maine
Pen name Manfred Michael
Occupation Writer, artist
Language German
Nationality German
Citizenship United States
Period 1937–1976
Genres Children, young adult
Spouse Elsie Winterfeld
Children Thomas Henry Winterfeld
  • Jean Gilbert (father)
  • Robert Gilbert (brother)

Henry Winterfeld (born April 9, 1901, in Hamburg, Germany; died January 27, 1990, in Machias, Maine), published under the pseudonym Manfred Michael, was a German writer and artist famous for his children's and young adult novels. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1940 and lived there until his death.

Henry Winterfeld was married to Elsie Winterfeld, who was a designer of toys and created a patented three-headed doll.


Henry Winterfeld began his career as a writer in 1933, when he wrote to entertain his son, Thomas Henry Winterfeld (1923–2008, an oceanographer), who was young and sick with scarlet fever. The result was Henry Winterfeld's first book, Trouble at Timpetill, which was published in 1937 in German under the pseudonym Manfred Michael.

He wrote many books aimed at children. These books have been translated into various languages. A couple have been made into videos, such as the movie Les enfants de Timpelbach (English: Trouble at Timpetill) (2008).

Because of the Nazi regime in Germany, Henry Winterfeld, who was a Jew, moved to Austria in 1933 and from there emigrated to France in 1938. In October, 1939, he was arrested and interned in Nevers until he was able to emigrate to the United States before the German invasion of France began on May 10, 1940. In 1946, he became an American citizen. Winterfeld's niece, Marianne Gilbert Finnegan, describes the life of the Winterfelds in the United States in her autobiography Memories of a Mischling: Becoming an American.

  • Timpetill – Die Stadt ohne Eltern (1937), translated as Trouble at Timpetill (1963)
  • Caius ist ein Dummkopf (1953), translated as Detectives in Togas (1956)
  • Kommt ein Mädchen geflogen (1956), translated as Star Girl (1957)
  • Telegramm aus Liliput (1957), translated as Castaways in Lilliput (1958)
  • Pimmi Pferdeschwanz (1967)
  • Der Letzte der Sekundaner (1971)
  • Caius in der Klemme (1976)
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