Anti-Israeli former Nazi Nobel-prize winner Günter Grass dead at 87

The author of the Danzig Trilogy was hailed as the ‘voice of a generation’ with his novels, which capture the German reaction to the rise of Nazism and the guilt that lingered after Adolf Hitler has been defeated. Source.

Günter Grass, the Nobel-winning German writer who gave voice to the generation that came of age during the horrors of the Nazi era but later ran into controversy over his own World War II past and stance toward Israel, has died. He was 87.

Grass was lauded by Germans for helping to revive their culture in the aftermath of World War II, and giving voice and support to democratic discourse in the postwar nation…

…Yet Grass provoked the ire of many in 2006 when he revealed in his memoir “Skinning the Onion” that, as a teenager, he had served in the Waffen-SS, the combat arm of Adolf Hitler’s notorious paramilitary organization…

…Six years after admitting his SS service, Grass drew criticism from across the political spectrum for his sharp criticism of Israel in a poem that skirted any explicit mention of Iranian threats against the Jewish state.

“To put Israel and Iran morally on the same level is not intelligent, it is absurd,” then-German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle said at the time…

  • Lovely man of letters. Sheesh.

    • Drunk_by_Noon

      He was a liberal.

  • He will now meet his Maker, and his “Nobel Prize” won’t count for anything in the final judgment, but his Nazi past and anti-Israeli recent present sure will.

    • Destroyer-Drone

      Never forget the scores of Germans who backed him through thick and thin.

      Speaks volumes about how the Huns have ‘changed’: the dude was mainstream.

      • I think there were some Germans who reacted negatively to his Nazi and anti-Israel comings-out. He was mainstream until then – when he lost some of his luster.

  • Hard Little Machine

    May he be sodomized in hell with a flaming sword for eternity.

    • Destroyer-Drone

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  • Destroyer-Drone

    Good riddance, may you get raped by chainsaws in Hell Günter.

    And may the rest of your kraut kinsmen – who eagerly worshipped you – follow you into the pits of Hades.

  • Destroyer-Drone

    Gotta love the commenters sucking up to Graß on the article, which sort of goes like this:

    “He was drafted at age 17! The Waffen-SS needed more men! He didn’t fire a single shot! Don’t mix things up. Give the man a break for Christ’s sake!”

    Problem is, my good sirs, that Grass openly admitted to being fascinated by Nazism (like any other german kid, duh) by the tender age of 15.

    Moreover, he criticised Reagan & Kohl’s commemoration at the Waffen-SS cemetary of Bitburg in ’85.
    What was the reason for objecting to mourning those who were, after all, his brothers in arms? Ronald Reagan and Helmut Kohl wanted to show that not all Waffen-SS members were fanatic volunteers by paying their respects.

    So he basically disagreed with the very same argument these kraut-lovers pulled out of their backside.

    Günter Grass epitomised that beacon of stiff-arsed hypocrisy better known as ‘Germany’. Nothing more, nothing less.