Malte Herwig: ‘I discovered the story of denial, lies and subterfuge lasted to the present day.’

I was 37 when I first asked whether my grandfather had been a member of the Nazi Party. The question had often lurked in the background of our convers(...)

The Tin Drum by Gunter Grass

It is Halloween, but it is also Reformation Day in Germany. Exactly 497 years ago Martin Luther strode up to the castle church in Wittenberg and na(...)

Siegfried Lenz: best known for his novel “The German Lesson (Deutschstunde)”, published in 1968

Siegfried Lenz, who has died aged 88, was one of Germany’s most significant postwar writers whose novels explored individuals’ culpability for the hor(...)

Frank Schirrmacher, who has died aged 54, was a co-publisher of one of Germany’s most respected newspapers, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), (...)

Roddy Doyle signed the appeal, which will be carried in 27 newspapers worldwide

Five Nobel literature laureates are among 560 international writers who today have put their names to an appeal, “A stand for democracy in the digital(...)

 Christian Democrats (CDU) leader Angela Merkel with German Social Democrats (SPD) leader Sigmar Gabriel (left) and chairman of the Bavarian Christian Democrats (CSU) Horst Seehofer after they signed the three-party coalition pact yesterday. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

More than two months after the German general elections, Angela Merkel’s CDU party has reached an agreement to form a coalition government with the So(...)

Marcel Reich-Ranicki

Marcel Reich-Ranicki, who has died aged 93, operated at the heart of European culture for more than half a century. The most influential literary crit(...)

Germany’s famous literature critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki delivering a speech during a Berlin commemoration service on International Holocaust Memorial Day last year. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/Reuters

Marcel Reich-Ranicki, the doyen of German literary criticism for half a century, has died aged 93.He presided over the literary pages of the Frankfur(...)