Vilém Flusser was born on the 12th of May 1920 in Prague into a family of Jewish intellectuals. He attended the German and Czech primary school and later a German grammar school.
In 1938 he began studying philosophy at the Juridical Faculty of Karlsuniversität in Prague. Shortly after the occupation of Prague by the Nazis in March 1939 Flusser emigrated together with Edith Barth, his later wife, and her parents to London. Here he continued his studies at the London School of Economics. His father Gustav Flusser who had studied mathematics and physics lectured at the German and Czech University of Prague and was a representative of the social-democratic party in Parliament. Vilém Flusser lost all of his family in the German concentration camps. His father died in Buchenwald in 1940. His grandparents, his mother and his sister were brought to Auschwitz and later to Theresienstadt where they were killed.
In 1962 he became a member of the Brazilian Institute of Philosophy, and he was appointed professor of the philosophy of communications at FAAP (School of Communications and Humanities) in São Paulo.
In 1964 he also became co-editor of the Brazilian Philosophical review. His first book Lingua e realidade was published in 1963. Because of the problematic situation in Brazil after the military coup of 1964, it was getting harder and harder for Flusser to lecture and to publish.
On the 27th November 1991, following his lecture in Prague, Flusser died in a car accident near the German border. He is buried at the Jewish cemetery in Prague.
> Vilém Flusser: Selected Bibliography