Walter Kempowski


Born
in Rostock, Germany
April 29, 1929

Died
October 05, 2007

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Walter Kempowski was a German writer. He was known for his series of novels called German Chronicle ("Deutsche Chronik") and the monumental Echolot ("Sonar"), a collage of autobiographical reports, letters and other documents by contemporary witnesses of the Second World War.

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Alles umsonst

3.83 avg rating — 715 ratings — published 2006 — 20 editions
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Tadellöser & Wolff

4.09 avg rating — 117 ratings — published 1971 — 7 editions
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Swansong 1945: A Collective...

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Das Echolot. Barbarossa '41...

4.86 avg rating — 28 ratings — published 2004 — 2 editions
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Uns geht's ja noch gold (Di...

4.18 avg rating — 39 ratings — published 1972 — 6 editions
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Ein Kapitel für sich.

4.35 avg rating — 31 ratings — published 1978 — 4 editions
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Aus großer Zeit (Die deutsc...

4.20 avg rating — 41 ratings — published 1981 — 8 editions
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Schöne Aussicht

4.29 avg rating — 28 ratings — published 1981 — 5 editions
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All for Nothing

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Letzte Grüße

3.76 avg rating — 21 ratings — published 2003 — 3 editions
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“They told us to take anything we wanted, be we were so delighted to be free, nothing else seemed to be of any value.”
Walter Kempowski, Swansong 1945: A Collective Diary of the Last Days of the Third Reich

“Perhaps that was the day when the bombed synagogue opened again. Or the one when I went to a cobbler who was repairing shoes with the leather from stolen Torah rolls. "I didn't know it was sacred leather," he said. We collected all the pieces together, and he refused the money that I tried to give him for a few ladies' shoes with Hebrew letters written in ancient ink on the soles.”
Walter Kempowski, Swansong 1945: A Collective Diary of the Last Days of the Third Reich

“The American girls, undaunted, maintained their natural warmth, and in their unrivalled sympathy there appeared genuine maternal feelings that did not alter for national differences, but that was feeble consolation in this profound sadness over the fact that "being a human being among other human beings" only ever happens in dreams of a perfect world.”
Walter Kempowski, Swansong 1945: A Collective Diary of the Last Days of the Third Reich

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