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On the Life and Works of Heinrich Böll

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The following is a brief introduction to the life and works of the man who’s name we proudly bear. A chronicler of post-war society who never joined a political party? During his final years, however, Böll was close to the Greens and shared their commitment for human rights and environmentalism. In many respects he was what today would be labeled an «activist», as he campaigned for persecuted artists and dissidents from around the world – and because he got involved and «meddled» in many ways.

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Date of Publication
December 2023
Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung e.V., Schumannstraße 8, 10117 Berlin
Number of Pages
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Table of contents

Who was Heinrich Böll?
What are his most important novels?
How did he go about his work?
Was Böll an active member of a political party?
How formative was his time as a soldier in WW2?
How important was religion for him?
Why was Böll dubbed «the conscience of the nation»?
How and why did he champion human rights?
Where did Böll spend his life?
Why was Ireland so important to Böll?
Did Böll address environmental concerns?
Why did Böll fight the tabloid «BILD»?
Why should Böll still be read?
Awards and Honors
Photo credits and literature

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