Dieter Wellershoff: The Obsessed reminder

His descriptions of the Nazi period and the war are unique. Dieter Wellershoff was not only a writer, but an intellectual pioneer. An obituary

Dieter Wellershoff: The Obsessed reminder
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    To have survived: that was after 1945 basic experience DerDeutschen – and she remained it time life for writer Dieter Wellershoff. Perhaps even with him awareness of diesesSchicksal grew, greater distance to Second World War. And who wants to heuteverstehen, how fear, violence and death, at same time adaptation, veneering, distance and brutalization have shaped his generation, who read his AutobiografischenEssay emergency of 1995, a sort of memoir of 70-year-old, when Wortdafür not yet existed. By no means a staunch national Socialist, 17-year-old had voluntarily reported to Panzer Division Hermann Göring, Erlebtedas horrors on Eastern front, was severely wounded – and goes, Kaumgenesen, back into death zone, in midst of battles of Wehrmacht.

    There are many German tales of war, but Wellershoffs UnerbittlichesRingen for precision in description of everyday hell is probably einzigartig in German literature after 1945. He wants to find out how it was, how he was, how Jenevielen Germans were, who were willing to perpetrate ir lives for a criminal regime, in spite of hardships of conscience, to kill. DieNormalität This serious case, without kitsch, laconically without pathos: This is Heutenoch staggering to read. For Wellershoff It was an existential rift, because he knew since n: "I live only by chance."

    Meetings of Group 47

    In a moving audiobook, look at this, this is war, 85-year-old later again told Anschaulichvon se imprints of young years, from growing up in National Socialism. His writing work was to be researched again and again MentalerDispositionen circles, older he became, more precise he became – secret Wurzelmag in his youth experience before 1945. 2006 was known to have been in file DerNSDAP since July 20, 1944 as a party member, of which he had known aim Wasto nothing – especially for obsessed reminder Wellershoffein tragic-grotesque rework of past.

    In contrast, pictures 20 years after end of war: insanely good-looking Wellershoff with virile Günter Grass UndMarcel Reich-Ranicki at meetings of group 47, successful men around 40, all on way up, at same time, who still Young Bundesrepublik to imprint ir stamp – two decades earlier between ghetto and tank a unexpected became constellation. Wellershoff had already become a key figure in literature business: Since 1959 he was Lektordes Verlag Kiepenheuer Heuer Witsch in Cologne; He remained loyal to publisher AlsAutor until end. His nine-volume work edition was published re.

    Intellectual dynamics

    At Kiepenheuer Heuer Witsch Lektorierte Wellershoff Anor Ostfrontsoldaten, Heinrich Böll, he brought in above all Neuenwilden, federal Republican voices that were closer to him: RolfDieter Brinkmann, Nicolas Born, Günter Wallraff. All this was soon labeled as "Cologne School of Realism", Wellershoff was a umtriebigerOrganisator. At same time he developed a social science program, because beginning of sixties was also period in which for a neueGeneration ory in humanities business cycle. With Dabeiim program was Wellershoffs former Bonn student colleague Hans-UlrichWehler, who just as a cheeky historian mixed up his subject and Späternoch gladly reminded himself of Bonn student clique around philosopher Jürgen Habermas UndWellershoff. The enormous, again and again astonishing, country Öffnendeintellektuelle dynamics of this generation can also be seen at Wellershoffbeobachten.

    Wellershoff had graduated from American Kriegsgefangenschaftdas Abitur and started studying German studies in Bonn 1947. His dissertation was a great old man who was again a star after 1945: Gottfried Benn. He called it a "phenotype of Hour", and later on, he gave out works. It is modern at Benn, which is appealing to denjungen intellectuals who had escaped death happily – and we see beiWellershoff those peculiar aestic mixing relationships, Spagatzwischen Benn and Böll, between realism and French Nouveau novel.

    Updated Date: 16 June 2018, 12:02

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