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.
Kremlin officials have said they defused a bomb after finding it untouched in a Tsarist-era cellar. The shell is from the Nazi Wehrmacht, which advanced on Moscow before being forced to retreat in 1942.
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.
With the Allies closing in and capitulation imminent, thousands of ordinary citizens in Nazi Germany killed themselves in a wave of mass suicides. Florian Huber's book on the taboo story is now available in English.
As a guest of San Francisco's Goethe Institute at the Bay Area Book Festival, DW's David Levitz, host of "100 German Must-Reads" videos, reflects on his identity as an American Jew and novels on Germany's Nazi history.
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