Thomas Mann in this May 1955 photograph as he handles a book, won the 1929 Nobel Prize for literatur mostly on the strenght of his firsts novel “Buddenbrooks,” subtitled “The Decline of a Family” The building known as Buddenbrooks House has been acquired by Luebeck, Germany and turned into a 4-million mark ($ 2,5 million) Heinrich and Thomas Mann Center, and dedicated on May 6, 1993. (AP-Photo)