Alexander Kluge, a writer and film director, grew up during World War II and was a founder of the New German Cinema movement in the early 1960s. He was awarded the Georg Buchner Prize, Germany’s highest literary award, in 2003.

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December

5 December 1942: In order to explain the principle, said Heiner Müller, why Stalingrad was on the one hand historically necessary and on the other, from the perspective of human beings, not at all, I have to tell a fictitious story.