Hannes Heerwas born in Wissen/Sieg, Germany, in 1941, and studied Literature and History in Bonn. The historian, journalist and film director was awarded the Carl-von-Ossietzky-Medaille in 1997. Up until 1999 he was the director of the exhibition ‘Vernichtungskrieg. Verbrechen der Wehrmacht 1941 bis 1944’. He has recently published ‘„Hitler war´s“: Die Befreiung der Deutschen von ihrer Vergangenheit’ (2005; t: ‘It was Hitler’: The liberation of the Germans from their past).
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