NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN (ALMOST)
12th August, 1955 : Germany’s greatest novelist, Thomas Mann, died today in Zurich, where he first made his home after the Nazis burned his books. His novels, from Buddenbrooks, (1901), through Death in Venice and The Magic Mountain, to The Confessions of Felix Krull (1953) span German life and society through the traumas of two defeats and the sickness of Nazism.
Nazism and anti-Semitism repelled Mann, who married a Jewish woman and had six children. “God help our darkened and desecrated country,” he wrote “and teach it to make its peace with the world and with itself.” Mann was still writing up to the time of his death at 80.