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The ‘Truth’ About the Jews

The ‘Truth’ About the Jews

Anti-Semitism warning! Günter Grass is no isolated case. The world always reacts with outrage when Israel has the audacity to step out of its historically assigned role of victim. And once again the reversal of the classic Perpetrator-Victim relationship, this time from Grass. In his poem “What Must be Said”, the Nobel Prize laureate alleges that […]

What Must (and Must Not) Be Said

What Must (and Must Not) Be Said

Nobel laureate Günter Grass has made a career of talking about hard things. Like Oskar, the central character in his 1959 novel The Tin Drum, Grass is gifted with a piercing shriek that can be used as a weapon. His latest cry was a poem, “What Must Be Said”, that appeared in the Süddeutsche Zeitung […]

Günter Grass: What Must Be Said

                                            Why have I been silent, been silent too long, about what obviously is and has been practised in a simulated game, at whose end, we will as survivors, in any case, only be […]

Book Review: Günter Grass’ Peeling the Onion

The shock over German novelist Günter Grass’ admission of his youthful participation in the Waffen SS has come and gone. What remains is the divided critique and a long list of questions to which the answers lie conveniently in the eye of the beholder: Is this man – one of the foremost sociopolitical commentators of […]

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