Gunter Grass ist tot

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Gunter Grass ist tot

Postby grumpybear » Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:29 pm

My namesake, more or less. Dead at the age of 87. A controversial figure in German literature. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1999. Best known for his book The Tin Drum written back in 1959. In 1979 it became an Oscar winning film and I discovered it somewhere here in Madison. Grass made news in 2000's when he revealed his military past(member of the SS at age 16 or 17). Since he was a major critic of the right and the Nazis, why he kept that hidden for so long is a mystery. Maybe it is part of the guilt Germans feel about there past. But for him, to be silent for so long! Obviously, he was not one of the architects of Nazism given his age. Why the silence? His book, the film, and his life have affected me greatly.

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Re: Gunter Grass ist tot

Postby Shorty » Fri May 22, 2015 11:13 am

Pope Benedict joined the Nazi's when he was young, too. Must have been hard for any man to avoid joining then.

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