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Every Man Dies Alone - Afterword Summary & Analysis

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The final section, written by Geoff Wilkes, tells the story of Rudolf Ditzen who at the age of 18 engaged in a duel with his friend Hanns Dietrich von Necker. The two wanted to commit suicide but decided that a duel in which neither would survive was a more honorable way to die. Von Necker missed with his shot, but Ditzen killed his friend, then shot himself in the chest with his friend's gun. Ditzen survived and was charged with von Necker's murder. He was declared unfit for trial and sent to a sanatorium for the mentally ill. After he was released his parents sent him to work in agriculture on a variety of farms. He struggled his entire life with the abuse of alcohol and drugs, especially sleeping pills, cocaine and morphine. He had always shown an interest in writing and at the encouragement...

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