Hans Peter Richter was a German author, born in Cologne, Germany. He went to school in Germany, studied at the university of Hannover, and graduated in 1968. He also spent some of his life in the German army. Richter wrote many books for children and young adults. Notable among them is the novel Friedrich, about the persecution of Jews in Germany during The Holocaust. Friedrich (published in 1970) was the American Library Association 1972 ALSC Batchelder Award.