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Wolfdietrich Schnurre

Wolfdietrich Schnurre (22 August 1920 – 9 June 1989) was a German writer. Best known for his short stories, he also wrote tales, diaries, poems, radio plays, and children's books. Born in Frankfurt am Main, and later raised in Berlin-Weißensee, he grew up in a lower-middle class family and did not receive a post-secondary education. He served in Nazi Germany's army from 1939 until 1945, when he escaped from a prisoner camp after having been arrested for desertion. He was briefly imprisoned by British troops; after his release he returned to Germany in 1946 and began to write commercially.

Schnurre's experiences during the Second World War informed the themes of his writings, which often discuss guilt and moral responsibility; though influenced by his socialist political views, his works aim at ethical activation of the reader and not political activism. He is sometimes considered a representative of the rubble literature movement, a short period in German literary history during which many authors, often former soldiers, sought to re-establish German literature after the incisive events of the war. He was a founding member of the literary association Gruppe 47, and his short story Das Begräbnis (The Funeral), which describes God's death and burial, was read at the group's first meeting in 1947. Guilt, remembrance and war experiences are central themes in all of his major works; short story collections Als Vaters Bart noch rot war (When father's beard was still red) and Als Vater sich den Bart abnahm (When father shaved his beard off) recount the experiences of the narrator and his father in lower-class Berlin during the period of the rise of Nazism, while his sole novel, Ein Unglücksfall (A misfortune, An accident) explores themes of guilt and responsibility surrounding the persecution of Jews under Nazi rule. Among his other major works is Der Schattenfotograf (The shadow photographer), a discontiguous collection of various texts.

He received many awards for his literary work, including the Immermann-Preis in 1959, the Bundesverdienstkreuz in 1981, and the Georg Büchner Prize in 1983. Schnurre remained a highly active writer from the 1940s through the 1970s, but his literary output decreased after he moved to Felde in the early 1980s. On 9 June 1989, he died of heart failure in Kiel.

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Some of their strengths

Wolfdietrich Schnurre has many admirable traits.

Based on spiritual traditions from around the world, they are someone who can be described as Intelligent, Confident, Extroverted, Independent, Generous, Honest, and Intuitive.

Bold and Confident

According to Mysticism’s Astrology tradition, Wolfdietrich Schnurre is someone who is a bold, confident, energetic, and optimistic person, who is able to combine personal warmth and charisma with intelligence. A person who is ambitious and motivated.

Adventurous and Free

Based on Daoism’s Ba-Zi or ‘Chinese Zodiac’ tradition, people who know Wolfdietrich Schnurre well know them as someone who can be talented, wayward and free, like a big river or the ocean.

Courteous and Easygoing

According to Hinduism’s Jyotisha or ‘Vedic Astrology’ tradition, many would also describe Wolfdietrich Schnurre as someone who is polite, modest, and diplomatic.

A person who tends to be socially popular, who loves intellectual or creative activities, who has a talent for communicating with and understanding the needs of others, and who seems to have a knack for getting recognized for their efforts.

Wise and Deep

Based on the Mayan Tzolk’in or ‘Mayan Astrology’ tradition, Wolfdietrich Schnurre is someone who tends to have an internal innate wisdom, and who people tend to see as an "old soul".

They are also someone who is mysterious, intuitive, and diplomatic, and who has a keen intuition, charisma, and a focus on balance and partnership.

Creative and Leadership-oriented

According to Judaism’s Kabbalah tradition, Wolfdietrich Schnurre tends to be someone who is a natural leader, with determination, motivational powers, and who takes obligations seriously. Who has charisma, a sense of humor, and who tends to attract attention.

Some of Wolfdietrich Schnurre's challenges

While Wolfdietrich Schnurre has many strengths, nobody is perfect. They also have some challenging traits they need to manage.

For example, Wolfdietrich Schnurre can be Arrogant, Status-seeking, Impulsive, Careless, Complicated, Brusque, and Indecisive.

Arrogant and Status-seeking

One of Wolfdietrich Schnurre's key challenges is that they are someone who can come across as arrogant and status-seeking.

Wolfdietrich Schnurre must also exercise caution as they can be short-tempered and aggressive.

Indecisive and Materialistic

Wolfdietrich Schnurre is someone who can be indecisive, indulgent, and materialistic, who can have difficulty focusing on a single career or profession, have difficulty following orders or respecting authority, and who can suffer from "analysis paralysis".

Domineering and Stubborn

Finally, Wolfdietrich Schnurre also can be too rebellious, not respond to criticism well, and be too emotional and extreme about things.

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