Kästner had written several wildly popular children's books before publishing a work of adult fiction. Critics blasted Erich Kästner's 'Going to the Dogs.' The Nazis even burned the novel.
Gudrun Pausewang wrote about environmental destruction, escape and war. "The Cloud," her 1987 book for teens, was a must for the anti-nuclear movement. The German novelist has died at the age of 91.
Holocaust survivor Esther Bejarano has called for May 8 to be declared a national holiday to mark the end of World War II. She has received support in the German parliament, but historians are skeptical.
An intoxicating book that reads like a ramble through the dark side of Berlin shortly before the Nazis came to power. Erich Kästner had to watch his novel about life in the big city go up in flames.
Over 9,000 people died in the Baltic Sea on January 30, 1945, in an attempt to evade the Red Army. The Wilhelm Gustloff was the most lethal shipwreck in history, but some details of the sinking remain unknown.
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