The death of 'Germany's literary hangman'
Marcel Reich-Ranicki, 'Pope of German literature, owed his life to the German language: During the Holocaust, the Nazis pulled him out of the Warsaw Ghetto to translate extermination orders into Polish.
“I’m not speaking to you today as a historian, but rather as an eye witness. More accurately: As a survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto.” That is how Marcel Reich-Ranicki, the “Pope of German literature,” began the speech of his life, which he made before the German Parliament in January 2012, to commemorate international Holocaust Memorial Day. It was also Reich-Ranicki’s last big public speech,...
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