Hans Werner Richter

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Richter, Hans Werner


Born Nov. 12, 1908, in Bansin, on the island of Usedom. West German writer.

Richter was a soldier from 1940 to 1943. From 1943 to 1945 he was a prisoner of war in the USA. He helped found Group 47, an association of progressive West German writers. Richter’s novel The Defeated (1949), translated into many languages, was one of the first important antiwar works of West German literature. The novel Linus Fleck, or the Loss of Honor (1959; Russian translation, 1965) satirically depicted the anti-humane moral atmosphere in West Germany during the period of the “economic miracle.” The short-story collection False Alarm: Stories From Bansin (1970) is based on Richter’s reminiscences of his childhood and youth.


Du sollst nicht töten: Roman. Frankfurt am Main-Berlin, 1962.
Menschen in freundlicher Umgebung. Berlin, 1965.
Rache für den Ziegenbock. Vienna-Heidelberg, 1973.
In Russian translation:
Ne ubii. Moscow, 1960.


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Books on the 'Gruppe 47', which for twenty years was Hans Werner Richter's central, defining project as well as by far the most significant literary grouping of German-language writers after the Second World War, have appeared on significant anniversaries of its founding year since the fifteenth in 1962.
Der 'soziale Sinn' Hans Werner Richters. Zur Korrespondenz des Leiters der Gruppe 47.
The other part of Cofalla's doctorate, Der 'soziale Sinn' Hans Werner Richters is a useful but not essential essay to be read in conjunction with the letters.