Grass Stains: Nobel Laureate Blasted for Questioning Merkel's Past

Grass Stains: Nobel Laureate Blasted for Questioning Merkel's Past

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 28, 2013

Nobel laureate Günter Grass has become a master at stepping on his tongue lately. This week, he did it again, casting aspersions about Chancellor Merkel's East German past. Critics have blasted Grass, pointing to the author's own prior membership in the SS. more... Comment ]

Interview with Opposition Leader Gabriel: 'We Have Much to Thank Grass For'

Interview with Opposition Leader Gabriel: 'We Have Much to Thank Grass For'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 16, 2012

For decades, Nobel laureate Günter Grass has supported Germany's Social Democrats on the campaign trail. Despite massive critique of the author's recent poem about Israel, SPD head Sigmar Gabriel defends Grass in an interview with SPIEGEL. He also says that the Pirate Party still has a lot to learn. more... Comment ]

Poem Dispute: Israeli Minister Offers to Meet Grass on 'Neutral' Territory

Poem Dispute: Israeli Minister Offers to Meet Grass on 'Neutral' Territory

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 12, 2012

Günter Grass has compared Israel's travel ban on him to the methods of East Germany's Stasi secret police. But Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai isn't budging, saying the decision to declare the German author persona non grata was "better late than never." He also offered to meet Grass in a "neutral" state. more...

Interview with Luxembourg Foreign Minister: 'Grass Is Being Treated Like an Outcast'

Interview with Luxembourg Foreign Minister: 'Grass Is Being Treated Like an Outcast'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 12, 2012

Israel as the aggressor and Iran as the victim? Günter Grass got his line of argument wrong in his controversial poem, argues Luxembourg's Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn in a SPIEGEL ONLINE interview. But the poem has triggered an important debate about how Germany should approach Israel's decisions, he adds. more...

The World From Berlin: 'Israel's Government Has Reacted Absurdly'

The World From Berlin: 'Israel's Government Has Reacted Absurdly'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 10, 2012

German politicians across the spectrum are criticizing Israel's travel ban on author Günter Grass after the publication of his controversial poem. Editorialists condemn the decision, and some are alarmed over what the development could mean for traditionally close ties between the two nations. more...

Absurd Travel Ban: Günter Grass Has Aided Israel's Right Wing

Absurd Travel Ban: Günter Grass Has Aided Israel's Right Wing

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 09, 2012

With his controversial poem, Günter Grass has played right into the hands of the Israeli government and distracted attention from the real issues. An entry ban on the German author is absurd. The debate on his controversial views needs to take place on the culture pages of newspapers -- not in politics. A Commentary by Moshe Zimmermann more... Comment ]

Minister Wants Nobel Prize Withdrawn: Furious Israel Bars Günter Grass for Critical Poem

Minister Wants Nobel Prize Withdrawn: Furious Israel Bars Günter Grass for Critical Poem

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 09, 2012

Israel declared Günter Grass "persona non grata" on Sunday for calling the country a threat to world peace.  Israeli Interior Minister Eli Yishai went further, saying the author should have his Nobel Prize withdrawn. Politicians in Germany, though critical of Grass, say the ban on visiting Israel is exaggerated. more...

A View on Günter Grass: Why We Need an Open Debate on Israel

A View on Günter Grass: Why We Need an Open Debate on Israel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 06, 2012

Is Israel a threat to world peace? German writer Günter Grass has been blasted as an anti-Semite this week for making just such a claim in a new poem. But while the verse may not win any awards, Grass has kicked off an important -- and long overdue -- debate. And, he's right. A Commentary by Jakob Augstein more...

Nobel Laureate Under Fire: Grass Says Campaign Against Him 'Injurious'

Nobel Laureate Under Fire: Grass Says Campaign Against Him 'Injurious'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2012

German Nobel laureate Günter Grass has taken to the airwaves to address the raging controversy surrounding his new poem, which is sharply critical of Israel. Yet the debate continues to broaden, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joining the fray on Thursday. more...

The World from Berlin: Günter Grass Specializes in 'Self-Righteousness'

The World from Berlin: Günter Grass Specializes in 'Self-Righteousness'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2012

In his poem about Israel and Iran published on Wednesday, German Nobel laureate Günter Grass expressed the fear that he would be labelled anti-Semitic for his anti-Israeli stance. Some commentators in Germany on Thursday say that the fear was more than justified. more...

Israeli Historian Tom Segev: Grass 'Is Still Thinking About His SS Silence'

Israeli Historian Tom Segev: Grass 'Is Still Thinking About His SS Silence'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2012

In the past, Israeli journalist and historian Tom Segev has defended Günter Grass from claims that he tried to portray Germans as victims in World War II. But following the publication of Grass's Israel-critical poem this week, Segev argues the German author is driven more by his silence over his SS past than concerns about the future of humanity. more...

Historian Michael Wolffsohn on Israel Poem: 'Grass Has Written an Anti-Semitic Pamphlet'

Historian Michael Wolffsohn on Israel Poem: 'Grass Has Written an Anti-Semitic Pamphlet'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 05, 2012

Nobel Prize laureate Günter Grass has caused a controversy with a new poem criticizing Israel's policies against Iran. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, the German historian Michael Wolffsohn accuses Grass of anti-Semitism and rehashing far-right stereotypes about Jews. more... Comment ]