Gunter Grass and Germany’s Nazi past

Can Germans be held collectively responsible for the Nazi crimes? Gunter Grass misstated his personal story while asking in his literary works for Germany to be honest about the Nazi past. His life was itself a metaphor for the confusions of his own people in relation to the unique horrors the Nazis perpetrated

The death on April 13, 2015 at age 87 of Günter Grass, the prominent German novelist who was long silent about his own past in Nazi Germany presents an opportunity to question the combination in his personal behavior of forthrightness, truth and fiction, as well as the general unending discussion of moral culpability and responsibility of Germans in relation to the Nazi regime.

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