How “Slaughterhouse Five” was born


April 7, 2008 | On May 29, 1945, Pfc. Kurt Vonnegut Jr. sat down at a typewriter in the Red Cross Club of the POW Repatriation Camp in Le Havre, France, and wrote his family a letter. “I’m told that you were probably never informed that I was anything other than ‘missing in action,'” he began. “That leaves me a lot of explaining to do.”