And now for something completely different. It seems that Nobel laureate, Günter Grass, Germany’s greatest living writer, had been lying about his past. It seems that when he was 17, he was in the Waffen SS.
Now the great advocate of facing unpalatable truths has lived up to his own standards, but a little late. The revelation came in an interview with Germany’s respected conservative Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), and while it is certain to boost interest in his forthcoming autobiography it has done immeasurable harm to the writer’s squeaky-clean reputation.
…Grass’s insistent, repetitive message to his fellow citizens was that they should never, ever forget. It seems that only now has he himself chosen to remember.
I’m not really sure what to think about this information. I suppose being in the SS when you were 17 is forgivable, particularly when the Nazis were drafting everyone; however, the fact that he’s hidden it for so long really gives me a bad taste in my mouth.