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Celan, Paul
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(Nov 23, 1920, Czernowitz, now in Ukraine – end of Apr, 1970, Paris, by suicide). Born Paul Ancel, the son of German-speaking parents, for a time he studied medicine and Romance languages and literature. In 1942 he was deported to a labor camp and lived from 1948 until his death in Paris (teaching at the Ecole Normale Supérieure).This Jewish poet set the standards for modern German poetry. He composed his poems exclusively in German and also translated poetry from seven languages into German. Celan's poems are reflective. They are not subject to mimesis. Reality is not r…

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Weyer-Menkhoff, Stephan, “Celan, Paul”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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