Controversial Poem about Israel: Günter Grass's Lyrical First Strike

Controversial Poem about Israel: Günter Grass's Lyrical First Strike

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 04, 2012

Never in the history of postwar Germany has a prominent intellectual attacked Israel in such a cliche-laden way as Günter Grass with his controversial new poem, "What Must Be Said." The Nobel Prize laureate has delivered a lyrical first strike against Israel. A Commentary by Sebastian Hammelehle more... Comment ]

Outrage in Germany: Nobel Laureate Grass Attacks Israel in New Poem

Outrage in Germany: Nobel Laureate Grass Attacks Israel in New Poem

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 04, 2012

In a move that has drawn angry reactions in Germany, Nobel Prize-winning author Günter Grass has published a new poem criticizing Israel's policies against Iran. Historically, Grass has been outspoken in his political views, but many believe the author has now broken a taboo. more... Comment ]

Grass' Gaffe: Political Thinking Shouldn't Be Left to Novelists

Grass' Gaffe: Political Thinking Shouldn't Be Left to Novelists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 06, 2011

Why do people continue to stubbornly believe that novelists have anything special to contribute to political matters? As German Nobel laureate Günter Grass has repeatedly shown, just because you can come up with pleasant stories doesn't mean that will translate to sage political thinking. A Commentary By Jan Fleischhauer more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Interview with Günter Grass: 'The Nobel Prize Doesn't Inhibit Me in My Writing'

SPIEGEL Interview with Günter Grass: 'The Nobel Prize Doesn't Inhibit Me in My Writing'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 20, 2010

In a SPIEGEL interview, Nobel Prize-winning German author Günter Grass talks about why he doesn't fear death, the missed opportunities of German reunification and why he thinks the Brothers Grimm had "oral sex with vowels." more... Comment ]

Always Greener: Günter Grass Discusses His SS Past

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 07, 2006

In a public reading of his controversial autobiography, Günter Grass talked for the first time in front of a live audience about why he took so long to reveal serving in the SS. But are we any the wiser? By Damien McGuinness in Berlin more...

Opinion: Daniel Kehlmann on Günter Grass

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2006

An author, world-famous, yet in possession of a secret that he knows will come to light one day and cast a shadow over everything he has accomplished -- what material for a novel! more...

Interview with Günter Grass: "It Was Always on My Mind"

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 21, 2006

In an interview, Nobel Prize-winning German author Günter Grass discusses his late admission that he was a member of the Waffen-SS. more...

Opinion: An Honorary Citizen's Fall From Grace

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 18, 2006

Relations between Germany and Poland have been tense lately. The admission by German writer and Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass that he was a member of the Waffen SS has hardly improved the dour mood. Many Poles are reacting bitterly. "We always knew it," they say. "There are no good Germans." more...

Waffen SS Admission: Grass Seeks to Cleanse Reputation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 17, 2006

In a German TV interview, Nobel Prize-winning author Günter Grass defends admitting so late that he served in the Waffen SS during World War II, but sheds little light on his long silence. Criticism continues to mount, but the ranks of those defending the author are also growing. more...

SPIEGEL Exclusive: Grass Admitted SS Role in 1945

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 15, 2006

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. By Klaus Wiegrefe more...