Heinrich Böll (1917-1985)

Death: 16th July 1985
Location: Alter Merten Friedhof
Merten, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany
Cause of death: Complications of diabetes
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German writer. Awarded the 1972 Nobel Prize in Literature for his writing which through its combination of a broad perspective on his time and a sensitive skill in characterization has contributed to a renewal of German literature. 
He was born in Cologne and managed to escape joining the Hitler Youth. He studied German at University in Cologne before being drafted into the armed forces and fought in France, Romania, Hungary and the Soviet Union. He was wounded and captured in 1945 by American forces and sent to a POW camp. Because of the wounds that he received he spent time in hospital throughout the rest of his life.
By the time he reached the age of thirty he had become a full time writer. His writing has been translated into over thirty languages and he is one of Germany’s most wide read authors.