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…

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