Maria Wellershoff was born in 1922 as the eldest daughter from the second marriage of her father Adolf von Thadden with Barbara Blank. She spent her childhood and youth at the Pomeranian family estates at Trieglaff and Vahnerow. She completed her school-leaving certificate in 1941 in Berlin and studied art history, archeology and history.
The art historian, mother of three children, worked as an editor, as a “sales assistant with Ph.D.” as she described herself, in a gallery, as a freelance copyreader and as a research assistant at the Römisch-Germanisches Museum in Cologne.
She is married to the author Dieter Wellershoff and lives with her husband in Cologne.
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