He used this quote numerous times,often in connection with things that could not be changed. The reason? Maybe it helped him to made the notion of death and mortality a little bit more bearable. Who knows? Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., the great American writer, died yesterday. His „Slaughterhouse-Five“ is based on significant events of his life, especially the witnessing of the bombing of Dresden (which killed more than 135,000 people) when he was a prisoner of the German Army.