Milestones: Jul. 29, 1985

DIED. Heinrich Böll, 67, Nobel-prize-winning (1972) West German author whose gentle but relentless attacks on tyranny of all kinds informed the short stories, essays and 18 novels that brought him acclaim and popularity in the East bloc as well as the West and provided unfailing moral guideposts for his countrymen; of complications of arteriosclerosis; in Hürtgenwald, West Germany. Brought up in a deeply religious Roman Catholic family resistant to Nazism, he served six years as a Wehrmacht conscript on both fronts. He emerged as a pacifist and foe of all establishments, governmental, religious and bureaucratic, and began writing novels of protest...

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