Frank Schirrmacher (born September 5, 1959) is a German journalist, doctored literature expert and essayist, writer, and since 1994 co-publisher of the leading national German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) is one of Germanys leading journalists.
After studying Germanistics, English studies, and philosophy in Heidelberg and Cambridge, He one of the five publishers of the newspaper. In 2004, Schirrmacher published the bestselling Das Methusalem-Komplott, a book, published in 14 languages selling more than 1 Million copies in Germany, prognosticating the ageing of society as a result of low birth rates and appealing for an "uprising of the old". In 2006 Nobel-laureate Günter Grass in an interview with Schirrmacher admitted to have served in the Waffen-SS as a young man. Grass made the admission in a conversation with Frank Schirrmacher referring to his new autobiography, "Peeling Onions". said he was drafted at the age of 17 into the Waffen-SS - the combat force of the SS - in the final months of World War II . The interview stirred up a worldwide debate and forced Grass publisher to publish the book earlier than intended.
Schirrmacher got many prizes and honors (International Corinne Book Prize), in 2007 he was awarded the "Kulturpreis Deutscher Sprache" which is among the highest cultural prices in the German speaking world.