SPIEGEL Exclusive: Grass Admitted SS Role in 1945
More than 60 years after the fact, Nobel Prize-winning author Günter Grass last week revealed his past as a member of the Nazi's notorious SS. But according to previously unknown documents obtained by SPIEGEL, the author confessed to his SS membership when arrested by the Americans in 1945.
Fingerprints from war prisoner Günter Grass on a US Army document.
Grass held a job as a dishwasher for the US military.
Grass was held in a number of prisons, including one in southern Germany that had been erected by the Americans at the former military airport at Bad Aibling. According to information on the form provided by Grass, he worked there as a member of a labor commando that was responsible for washing dishes in the US Air Force unit's canteen.
Everything was carefully documented.
It is believed that there are no further documents describing Grass's role in the Waffen SS because the troops destroyed a large share of files on the force's personnel at the end of the war.
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