German writer and professor of rhetoric Walter Jens has died. Jens was considered one of German's foremost literary intellectuals and a strong advocate for peace and democracy.
The German government purchased the former US residence of Nobel Prize laureate Thomas Mann to save it from demolition. German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is in California for its opening ceremony.
The German novelist and 1929 Nobel laureate in literature moved to the US during WWII. He was, however, frustrated by how the country developed under McCarthy — and his observations echo today's political situation.
Previous winners include "Dwarsdriewer" ("obstructionist"), "Ackerschnacker" ("mobile phone") and "Lämmerhüppen" ("disco"). Low Saxon is a regional language spoken by some 3 million people in Germany.
Eighty-five years ago, fires fueled with literature labeled "un-German" by the Nazi regime burned across the country. Many students enthusiastically joined in the act at the time.
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