Siegfried Lenz (17 March, 1926 – 7 October, 2014) was a German novelist and writer.
- Born in the town of Lyck, East Prussia, Mr. Lenz would today be considered as being born in Poland.
- After graduation in 1943, Mr. Lenz was drafted into the Kriegsmarine, the Nave of Nazi Germany.
- Before the end of World War II, Mr. Lenz fled to Denmark and was briefly held as a prisoner of war.
- He worked as a translator for the British army.
- Liselottte, the future wife of the author,
- Mr. Lenz saw it as his obligation to “pay off the enormous debts” of the German people as well as “take preventive actions against any danger of reoccurrence”.
- In 1970 Mr. Lenz was made an honorary citizen of Elk, now part of Poland.
- In 2000, Mr. Lenz received the Goethe Prize. The day was also the 250th anniversary of the birth of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
- The first recipient of the Siegfried Lenz award was Israeli author Amos Oz. Mr. Oz won the prize a few short weeks after Mr. Lenz passed away.
- Mr. Oz and Mr. Lenz were friends for over 30 years.
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