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Junger, Ernst

Born: 1895 AD
Died: 1998 AD
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1895 – Born on March 29th in Heidelberg. German novelist and essayist, an ardent militarist who was one of the most complex and contradictory figures in 20th-century German literature.

1913 – Jünger joined the French Foreign Legion but his father had him brought back to Germany.

1914 – He volunteered for the German Army at the outbreak of World War I and served as an officer.

1917 – Jünger fought at Cambrai and later that year is wounded while leading an attack on French trenches.

1920 – Jünger published his first book, The Storm of Steel. Its glorification of war made it a popular with Germany’s young people who dreamed of gaining revenge after the country’s disastrous defeat.

1929-1932 – Jünger studied zoology, geology and botany before becoming a full-time writer. His books included Das Abenteurliche Herz and Der Arbeiter.

1933 – His work was very popular with members of the Nazi Party and after Adolf Hitler came to power he was offered a seat in the Reichstag.

1934-1939 – His later books included and Blatter und Steine and On the Marble Cliffs.

1942 – Jünger joined the German Army on the outbreak of the Second World War and served on the staff of the military command in occupied France where he was involved in the planning of Operation Sealion and was transferred to the Soviet Union.

1948 – His criticisms of Adolf Hitler and his totalitarian system, appeared in his book The Peace.

1949-1977 – His war diaries, Strahlungen were also critical of Nazi Germany.

         – Jünger also published the novels Heliopolis, Die Eberjagd,  Besuch auf Goldenholm,  Zie Zwille and Eumeswil.

1998 – Died on February 17th in Wilflingen.

2.3 (45.88%) 17 votes