Heimrad Bï¿½cker (1925-2003) was a poet, a photographer, and the editor of the journal neue texte and the Austrian avant-garde press Edition Neue Texte. As a teenager, he was active in the regional leadership of the Hitler Youth and joined the Nazi party when he turned eighteen. After the war, he studied philosophy and wrote his doctoral dissertation on Karl Jaspers. Beginning in the late 1960s, Bï¿½cker attempted to come to terms with his wartime activity.
Patrick Greaney is assistant professor of German and comparative literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Gert Jonke is counted among Austria's most important authors and dramatists. Among other prizes, he received the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize, the Erich Fried Prize, and the Grand Austrian State Prize for Literature. He died in 2009 at the age of 62.Vincent Kling is professor of German and comparative literature at La Salle University in Philadelphia.