German Writers Form Group 47 (Great Events from History II: Arts and Culture Series)
Article abstract: Many important German writers joined Group 47 to confront the Nazi past and provide a forum for mutual support and criticism following World War II.
Summary of Event
At the beginning of September, 1947, a group of fifteen German authors met at the home of Ilse Schneider-Lengyel in Bannwaldsee, near Füssen in the German province of Allgäu. The group provided a forum for the discussion of the serious problems facing German writers in the post-World War II era. Among those present at the meeting, in addition to Schneider-Lengyel, were Hans Werner Richter, Walter Kolbenhoff, Walter M. Guggenheimer, Friedrich Minssen, Wolfgang Bächler, Nicolaus Sombart, Heinz Friedrich, Heinz Ulrich, and Wolfdietrich Schnurre. They had no awareness at the time that their small group would become the nucleus of one of the greatest literary movements in German history, Group 47, named after the year in which the first meeting took place.
The idea for Group 47 originated in the mind of Hans Werner Richter while he was interned as a prisoner of war in the United States. At the beginning of 1945, the United States government began moving prisoners of war with antifascist records to Fort Kearney and Fort Getty on the Atlantic coast, where they attended courses to prepare them as future administrators for the new democracy that would be founded in Germany after the Allied Powers--France, Great Britain, the United...
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