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German author Siegfried Lenz died

Oct 8, 2014 12:50 IST

German author Siegfried Lenz died on 7 October 2014. He was 88.  

He was one of Germany's most significant post-war writers whose novels explored individuals' culpability for the horrors of Nazism and the struggle to shape a new national identity.

Lenz work was translated into more than 30 languages. His work is best known for The German Lesson.

About Siegfried Lenz

He was born in 1926 in a city known today as Elk in eastern Poland then it was in Germany. Lenz served in the German navy from the age of 18 in the last year of World War Two and spent time as a prisoner of war before eventually settling in Hamburg.

He became part of Gruppe 47, a group of post-war writers who felt duty-bound to engage with the legacy of German fascism in their work, exposing and disrupting society's urge to forget.

His Honors

In 1988 Lenz was awarded with the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, a prize given annually at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

A year later, Lenz was honored with the highest decoration of Hamburg, the honorary citizenship.

In 2010, he won the Italian International Nonino Prize.

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