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Biography[ edit ] Family and early life[ edit ] Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
He was the youngest of three children of Kurt Vonnegut Sr. His older siblings were Bernard born and Alice born Vonnegut was descended from German immigrants who settled in the United States in the midth century; his patrilineal great-grandfather, Clemens Vonnegut of WestphaliaGermany, settled in Indianapolis and founded the Vonnegut Hardware Company.
Thus, they did not teach their youngest son German or introduce him to German literature and tradition, leaving him feeling "ignorant and rootless.
So she was as great an influence on me as anybody. When the Great Depression hit, few people could afford to build, causing clients at Kurt Sr. His father withdrew from normal life and became what Vonnegut called a "dreamy artist".
While there, he played clarinet in the school band and became a co-editor along with Madelyn Pugh for the Tuesday edition of the school newspaper, The Shortridge Echo. Vonnegut said his tenure with the Echo allowed him to write for a large audience—his fellow students—rather than for a teacher, an experience he said was "fun and easy".
He wanted to study the humanities or become an architect like his father, but his father [b] and brother, a scientist, urged him to study a "useful" discipline.
He later penned a piece, "Well All Right", focusing on pacifisma cause he strongly supported,  arguing against U. Army uniform between and The attack on Pearl Harbor brought the U.
He was placed on academic probation in May and dropped out the following January. No longer eligible for a student defermenthe faced likely conscription into the United States Army. Instead of waiting to be drafted, he enlisted in the army and in March reported to Fort BraggNorth Carolina, for basic training.
She was inebriated at the time and under the influence of prescription drugs. In Decemberhe fought in the Battle of the Bulgethe final German offensive of the war. Over members of the division were killed and over 6, were captured.
On December 22, Vonnegut was captured with about 50 other American soldiers. During the journey, the Royal Air Force bombed the prisoner trains and killed about men.
He lived in a slaughterhouse when he got to the city, and worked in a factory that made malt syrup for pregnant women. Vonnegut recalled the sirens going off whenever another city was bombed.
The Germans did not expect Dresden to get bombed, Vonnegut said. On February 13,Dresden became the target of Allied forces. In the hours and days that followed, the Allies engaged in a fierce firebombing of the city.
Vonnegut marveled at the level of both the destruction in Dresden and the secrecy that attended it. He had survived by taking refuge in a meat locker three stories underground. They burnt the whole damn town down. With the captives abandoned by their guards, Vonnegut reached a prisoner-of-war repatriation camp in Le HavreFrance, before the end of Maywith the aid of the Soviets.
Army and returned to Indianapolis. He augmented his income by working as a reporter for the City News Bureau of Chicago at night. Jane accepted a scholarship from the university to study Russian literature as a graduate student.
His brother Bernard had worked at GE sincecontributing significantly to an iodine -based cloud seeding project. InKurt and Jane had a daughter named Edith. Burger suggested he quit GE, a course he had contemplated before. He also did a stint as an English teacher, wrote copy for an advertising agency, and opened the first USA Saab dealership, which eventually failed.
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