I thank Gunther Klemm for his letter and leave my translation for the reader's enlightenment:
When I first got to know Ernst Jünger many years ago, he was considered “controversial”. He himself ascribed this little to his politico-bellicistic writings of the 20s; he was instead convinced that his attitude to death was the greater problem for his antagonists. I am convinced that Jünger’s later explicitly expressed assurance with regard to Being - as set out in “The Adventurous Heart”, ripened in “Radiations” and confirmed in his late work “The Scissors” - and his perception, expressed in “Sicilian Letters to the Man in the Moon”, of a second metaphysical I corresponding to his physical existence ultimately have their origin in his experiences of trench warfare in WWI.
He escaped death by a millimetre, a split-second, and then happened across his brother, who had been fighting in a different company, and managed to save his life. Ernst Jünger did not see a coincidence in this but on the contrary discovered a second reality behind it. He was deeply convinced of a continued existence after death and did not understood by this a strategy for securing posthumous literary fame, as one hears these days at the Jünger Symposium. He was never worried about being controversial, but I do doubt that he would have agreed with the way his works are now trimmed to suit seminars.
Gunter Klemm, Rome.