Damit gelingt ihm eine eindringliche Darstellung der Lebenssituation im Dritten Reich. Da er keinen Anfang findet, gibt er ein leeres Heft ab. Zur Strafe wird er eingesperrt und darf erst wieder raus, wenn der Aufsatz fertig ist. Als die Stunde vorbei ist, gibt er ein leeres Heft ab. Zur Strafe wird er allein in eine Zelle gesperrt. Wie lange er dort bleiben muss, hat er selbst in der Hand: Sobald der Aufsatz fertig ist, darf er die Zelle wieder verlassen.
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After graduating in , he was drafted into the Kriegsmarine. According to documents released in June , he joined the Nazi Party at the age of 18 on 20 April along with several other German authors and personalities, such as Dieter Hildebrandt and Martin Walser. He then worked as a translator for the British army. His studies were cut off early when he became an intern for the daily newspaper Die Welt , where he served as an editor from to It was there he met his future wife, Liselotte whom he married in In , Lenz used the money he had earned from his first novel Habichte in der Luft "Hawks in the air" to finance a trip to Kenya.
After Lenz worked as a freelance writer in Hamburg, where he joined the Group 47 group of writers. As a supporter of rapprochement with Eastern Europe he was a member of the German delegation at the signing of the Treaty of Warsaw Four years later he married his year-old neighbour Ulla, she helped him after the death of his wife. Found among his effects, it is a novel about a German soldier who defects to Soviet forces.
The prize is awarded to "international writers who have gained recognition with their narrative work and whose creative work is close to the spirit of Siegfried Lenz. The prize includes an award of 50, euros, ranking among the highest-endowed literature awards in Germany.
The prize was initiated by Siegfried Lenz in before his death in October of that year.
Deutschstunde von Siegfried Lenz – Inhaltsangabe / Zusammenfassung