|birth_place = Ostróda, East Prussia
|image = Hans Hellmut Kirst.jpg
|occupation = Novelist, war veteran
Hans Hellmut Kirst (5 December 1914 – 13 February 1989) was a German novelist and the author of 46 books, many of which were translated into English. Kirst is best remembered as the creator of the "Gunner Asch" series which detailed the ongoing struggle of an honest individual to maintain his identity and humanity amidst the criminality and corruption of Nazi Germany.
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