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.
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.
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.
After Vladimir Putin slammed Polish envoy to Nazi Germany as an "anti-Semitic pig," Poland summoned Russia's ambassador. The nations dispute the role of Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact of non-aggression in the lead-up to WWII.
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