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"The Ladder Theory" of Relationships | Main | Keith Olbermann Questions The Timing
August 11, 2006

Nobel Prize Winner Was Member Of Hitler's SS

Maybe he can write the screenplay for the remake of Boys From Brazil:

Nobel prize-winning German author Guenter Grass has admitted for the first time that he served in the Waffen-SS, Adolf Hitler's elite Nazi troops.

In an interview with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Grass, 78, said he volunteered for submarine service toward the end of World War Two. He was called up instead to serve in the Waffen-SS in the eastern city of Dresden.

The author, best known for his first novel "The Tin Drum" and an active supporter of Germany's Social Democratic Party (SPD), said his wartime secret had been weighing on his mind and was one of the reasons he wrote a book of recollections which details his war service. The book is out in September.

"My silence through all these years is one of the reasons why I wrote this book," the paper quoted Grass as saying in a preview of its Saturday edition. "It had to come out finally."

One of the most powerful organizations in Nazi Germany, the SS played a key role in the Holocaust, establishing and operating the death camps in which millions died.

The Waffen-SS grew into a force of 38 combat divisions with almost one million men and it was condemned as part of a criminal organization at the post-war Nuremberg trials.

Flashback: National Review trashes "The Tin Drum" as "pernicious" for engaging in Nazi apologism, where someone else is to blame for the rise of Hitler. The old "The Nazis Invaded Germany" theory.

Not a fan of America or the war to liberate Iraq, of course. Perhaps if we were liberating the Sudetenland he'd be more of a booster.

Thanks to Mark, who quotes him as previously saying "George Bush is a threat to world peace."

Hm. An important moral voice. The Nobel committee should be proud.


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