Saturday, August 19, 2006

The staged confession

Sign and Sight on the Frankfurter Allgemeinen Zeitung interview with Gunter Grass in which he admits serving in the Waffen SS during the Second World War. Grass also said,
"We had Adenauer, horrible, with all the lies, with all that Catholic fug. (West German) society at the time was characterised by a narrow-mindedness that was unknown even among the Nazis." ...

Then Grass tells us how he ended up in American captivity where he learned, apparently for the first time, of the horrors committed by the Nazis. In the same sentence he recalls the discrimination and insults that the black American soldiers were subjected to by their white comrades. "Suddenly, I was confronted with real racism."


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