Stefan Heym, German writer dies (fwd: from Boston Globe)
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Mon Dec 17 05:46:16 MST 2001
Stefan Heym, 88, German writer
By Associated Press, 12/17/2001
BERLIN - Stefan Heym, one of Germany's best-known writers who fought
alongside US troops during World War II but was later thrown out of the
Army because of his communist leanings, died Sunday of heart failure in
Israel. He was 88.
Mr. Heym had collapsed at a hotel in Israel, where he had gone for a
Best known outside Germany for his best-selling 1948 war novel ''The
Crusaders,'' Mr. Heym had a long literary career that saw him clash with
authority on both sides of the Iron Curtain.
The son of a Jewish businessman, he was born in the eastern city of
Chemnitz but fled Germany in 1933 after the Nazis came to power. He moved
first to Prague and then to the United States. His father committed
suicide in 1935; other relatives were killed in concentration camps.
He completed his university studies in 1936 at the University of Chicago
with a thesis on German poet Heinrich Heine, the subject of the
conference where Mr. Heym made his last public appearance Thursday.
A year after publishing his first novel, ''Hostages'' in 1942, Mr. Heym
joined the US Army and took part in the 1944 invasion of Normandy. But
after Germany's defeat, he was thrown out of the military for his
communist leanings and he returned to Europe in protest of the 1950-53
Mr. Heym and his American wife settled in East Berlin, where his stance
as a ''critical Marxist'' brought him into frequent conflict with the
country's communist rulers - and a strong following in West Germany.
In 1994, he was elected to unified Germany's Parliament.
This story ran on page 88, German writer of the Boston Globe on
© Copyright 2001 Globe Newspaper Company.
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