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Death of Walter Benjamin, Literary Critic & Writer by Suicide

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Walter Benjamin, literary critic and writer, dies at the age of 48 when he commits suicide in Catalonia, Spain, in an effort to avoid capture by the Gestapo.

Born to a wealthy Jewish family in Berlin, Benjamin has become one of the most influential Marxist literary and cultural critics of the 20th century. Benjamin's writings have played a key role in the development of the Frankfurt School of Critical Theory.

Walter Benjamin will be best known for his 1934 essay "Das Kunstwerk im Zeitalter seiner technischen Reproduzierbarkeit" (The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction). In it he explored the consequences of how technological reproductions of artworks can cause them to lose their uniqueness.

Knowing that his fate at the hands of the Nazis would not be pleasant, Benjamin has been trying to emigrate to the United States via France and Spain; but while waiting for a visa he discovers that Spanish authorities intend to hand him over to the Gestapo, so he kills himself with an overdose of morphine.

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