- The Washington Times - Saturday, February 24, 2007

BERLIN (AP) — Lothar-Guenther Buchheim, the German author and art collector best known for his autobiographical novel “Das Boot,” died Thursday. He was 89.

Mr. Buchheim died of heart failure, the office of the governor of Bavaria said.

Bavarian Gov. Edmund Stoiber praised Mr. Buchheim for his contribution to the southern German state, including the museum that houses his collection of art from the Bruecke group of expressionists, including works by Emil Nolde, Max Pechstein and Otto Mueller.

The Buchheim Museum also houses sculpture, ceramics, textiles and glass from Asia, South America and Europe, and folk art from Africa and the Pacific.

Mr. Buchheim was acclaimed for his works of fiction and nonfiction, including several about his World War II patrol aboard the German submarine U-96 in the Atlantic Ocean in 1941. He crafted that experience into the novel “Das Boot,” or “The Boat,” which was published in 1973 and carried an underlying anti-war message.

In 1981, the book was turned into an acclaimed German film starring Juergen Prochnow that detailed the hopelessness of war and its effect on sailors living in the cramped confines of their submarine.

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