Elfriede Brüning (8 November 1910 – 5 August 2014), also known as Elke Klent, was a German communist journalist and novelist. She worked for newspapers such as the Berliner Tageblatt, the Berliner Börsen-Courier and the Vossische Zeitung.
Brüning was born in Berlin. In 1930, she joined the Communist Party of Germany. Before World War II, she was arrested in 1935 for communism-related activities, before being released in 1937. In 1937, she married Joachim Barckhausen, a writer and editor. Their daughter, Christiane, born in 1942, also became a writer. After the German reunification, she became a member of Die Linke (English: The Left). Brüning turned 100 in November 2010.
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