Christian Schütze

Christian Schütze was born in 1927 in Dresden. In 1943-44, he was part of an anti-aircraft battery, then briefly a soldier, before being taken prisoner by the Americans. He recently retired as home affairs editor of the Süddeutsche Zeitung.

In a series of lectures on German responses to the wartime bombing of their country, delivered in Zurich in the autumn of 1997, W.G. Sebald asked why ‘the sense of unparalleled national humiliation felt by millions in the last years of the war had never really found verbal expression, and those directly affected by the experience neither shared it with each other nor passed it on to the...

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