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Hans Fallada is resurrected in the U.S.
Hans Fallada is resurrected in the U.S.

The early years, before he was old enough to understand the extent of the destruction unfurling around him -- these are the ones Ulrich Ditzen likes to remember. He was just a kid at the time, no more than 4 or 5, and his family lived in a farmhouse in the lakeside town of Carwitz, 72 miles and a world away from wartime Berlin. Among his first memories are the sounds of the Remington typewriter clattering through the narrow hallways and the circuitous clucking of the geese in their pens. And then in the 1940s, the long and savage nightmare began. Ulrich's father, the popular German novelist Rudolf Ditzen, was pressed into service first by the Nazis, who wanted him to write an...

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