Man Leben

Man Leben

Man Leben is my pen name

In early January 1934, Man Leben was born in Amsterdam. At the age of 7 years old, he moved without his parents to a farm in South Limburg. There he lived with his godparents under his new name until the end of 1945.

At the end of the Second World War, he moved with his aunt to a village near Rotterdam. After his diploma Gymnasium β, Man studied with good results Architecture at the Delft University of Technology.

Less then a year he was employed in an Architecture firm on utility projects, where he also met his wife. Through this firm he started in the trade of building materials. In 1959 Man and his wife moved to Amsterdam. In the mid 1970s - with its freedom unknown before - Man and his wife divorced. At the end of the 70's, Man took a parttime post as senior research fellow at the University of Technology.

In the spring of 1982 Man moved again to South Limburg; he helped his godmother as temporary farmer. At the end of the summer 1983, he started his pilgrimage to Dachau, the place where his mother died during the Second World War.   

In 1984 his convent years began, he remained connected to thea convent until 1993. In this year he made his pilgrimage to Auschwitz, where his father died during the Second World War.

From autumn 1993 until his retirement, he was involved as partner in a Design/Architecture office to introduce modular building.

After his retirement he lived for two years with his second life companion. After her death, he made preparations for the survey to "Who are you". Among others he started his study Sanskrit.

Man Leben had composed the biography “Narrator – One way” and one year of the biography "Narrator - A Nordic Cycle". This biography is available on the website of Omnia - Amsterdam Publisher under “Books”.


| Man Leben




| At the age of 76, Man died in his sleep


| Two children


|  Divorced


| Reading, writing, religion, philosophy, human science, poetry, culture, design, music


| Retired


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