Vicki Baum (1888 –1960) was born in Vienna into a Jewish family. She began her artistic career as a musician playing the harp.
She studied at the Vienna Conservatory and played in an orchestra in Germany for three years and later worked as a journalist in Berlin. She was married twice.
Baum took up boxing in the late 1920s. She trained with Turkish prizefighter Sabri Mahir at his Studio for Boxing and Physical Culture in Berlin. Although the studio was open to men and women, Baum writes in her memoir, It Was All Quite Different (1964), that only a few women (including Marlene Dietrich and Carola Neher) trained there: “I don’t know how the feminine element sneaked into those masculine realms, but in any case, only three or four of us were tough enough to go through with it.”
Vicki Baum ironically refers to herself as a “first-class writer of the second rank.
Read her bio at Female Bio.