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.

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“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...