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Alma-König-Weg, named in 1977 after Alma Johanna Koenig (August 18, 1887 in Prague, Austria-Hungary; died June 1, 1942 in Maly Trostinez extermination camp) was an Austrian poet and storyteller of Galician-Jewish roots.

The daughter of the k.u.k. Hauptmann’s Karl Koenig and his wife Susanne grew up in Vienna. Attendance at a secondary school for girls was often interrupted by illness; she owed her education mainly to the self-taught studies and the lecture evenings by Josef Kainz. Out of respect for her family, she published her first poems in magazines under the pseudonym Johannes Herdan. In 1921 she married the Austrian consul Bernhard Ehrenfels. Her first novel The Holy Palace (1922) established her success and attracted attention for its erotic content. In 1925 she received the “Prize of the City of Vienna” for her Viking novel The Story of Half, the Woman (1924). From 1925 she lived with her husband in Algiers, where she wrote the autobiographical, psychological and contemporary social novel Passion in Algiers (1932). In 1930 she separated from her husband and returned to Vienna (divorced in 1936). In Vienna she was in contact with Oskar Jan Tauschinski. In 1938, the National Socialists stripped her of her rights as a citizen and author for racial reasons, expelled her from her apartment in Vienna-Alsergrund, Rögergasse 19, and forced her to change lodgings in mass quarters several times. On May 27, 1942, she was deported to the Maly Trostinez extermination camp and murdered immediately upon arrival.

In 1957, her estate administrator, Tauschinski, donated the Alma Johanna Koenig Prize in her memory.