Wolfgang Borchert died in 1947--the twenty-six-year-old victim of a
malaria-like fever contracted during World War II. This was just one day
after the premier of his play, The Man Outside, which caused an immediate
furor throughout his native Germany with its youthful, indeed
revolutionary, vision against war and the dehumanizing effects of the
police state. In a very real sense, Borchert was both the moral and
physical victim of the Third Reich and the Nazi war machine. As a Wehrmacht
conscript, he twice served on the Russian front, where he was wounded, and
twice was imprisoned for his outspokenness. His voice speaks plainly and
powerfully from out of the war's carnage all the more poignantly for its
being cut short at so young an age.

Wolfgang Borchert—The Man Outside

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