Paul Brickhill, 74, author of "The Great Escape" and othe best-selling war novels that sold millions of copies and were made into films, died Tuesday in Sydney, Australia. Mr. Brickhill was a journalist on the Sun newspaper in Sydney before joining the Royal Australian Air Force. He trained as a fighter pilot in Canada, flew with a squadron in England and was shot down over the Tunisian desert in 1943. He spent the rest of the war in Stalag Luft 111, the prisoner-of-war camp that was the setting of his book "The Great Escape," written in 1949. "The Dam Busters," "Escape or Die" and "Reach for the Sky," the story of legless British aviator Sir Douglas Bader, followed in quick succession.
Michael Kuehnen, 35, Germany's top neo-Nazi leader, died yesterday of an undisclosed illness in Kassel. Medical officials would not reveal the cause of death. Mr. Kuehnen was the most prominent leader of the small but fanatical neo-Nazi movement in Germany. Since 1983, the former West German army officer had led various outlawed groups. His West German organizations never drew many members, but his disciples were blamed for numerous violent attacks on foreigners and homosexuals. When East Germany shed its Communist hard-liners in 1989, Mr. Kuehnen and his followers began recruiting disaffected youths in the economically troubled country.