Death in German — So sicher wie das Amen in der Kirche

Anyone who has studied German literature in the past 50 years will know the novella Tod in Venedig (Death in Venice) by Thomas Mann.

For most of us, death is an uncomfortable topic because it causes reflection on our own mortality and often means loss. However, next to taxes, it’s one of the two inevitable realities of life. From reading the paper, watching a film, or hearing the most recent club news, we are surrounded by death, therefore it is important that we be able to talk about it.
 
By the way: “as certain as death and taxes” in German is: “So sicher wie das Amen in der Kirche.” (As sure as the amen in church.)
 

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