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2006-09-04 11:43:37

BERLIN (Reuters) - Nobel prize winning German novelist Guenter Grass said on Monday he was still on his feet despite weeks of sharp criticism for his half century of silence about his time in Hitler's Waffen-SS. "A lot has been said over the last three weeks. But I'm still standing on my two feet," Grass said at the launch of his new autobiographical book "Peeling the Onion." Grass, one of Germany's best-known writers and viewed by many in the country as a moral authority, has called...

2006-08-28 10:58:53

BERLIN (Reuters) - The Simon Wiesenthal Center said on Monday that it welcomed Nobel prize winning novelist Guenter Grass's decision to waive restrictions on his Nazi archives so the center could investigate his time in Hitler's Waffen-SS. Last week the center appealed to Grass to waive Germany's strict data protection laws aimed at protecting privacy. However, the center cautioned that documents alone would not be enough and that Grass's own testimony would be necessary. "While...

2006-08-22 08:40:41

By Louis Charbonneau BERLIN (Reuters) - The Simon Wiesenthal Center urged Nobel prize winning novelist Guenter Grass on Tuesday to come clean about his time in Hitler's Waffen-SS by waiving German data protection laws to enable the center to investigate him. Grass, one of Germany's best-known writers and viewed by many in the country as a moral authority, has for half a century called on Germans to be open about their past. But last week the 78-year-old shocked admirers at home and...

2006-08-16 17:48:30

BERLIN (Reuters) - German bookshops have started selling the autobiography of author Guenter Grass two weeks earlier than planned in response to a boom in demand after the Nobel laureate said he had served in Adolf Hitler's Waffen SS. "There is very great interest in the book," said a spokeswoman for bookshop Dussmann in Berlin. She said Grass's confession, which has shocked his admirers in Germany and abroad, had sparked intense interest in the book, "Peeling Onions," which had been...

2006-08-15 15:29:00

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Nobel laureate Guenter Grass said on Tuesday his literary achievements were being denigrated following his belated admission that he had served in the Waffen SS during World War Two. "What I'm experiencing is an attempt to make me persona non grata, to cast doubt about everything I did in my life after that," Grass said. "And that later life was marked by shame." In an interview with ARD television ahead of the publication of his autobiography...

2006-08-15 15:05:21

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Nobel laureate Guenter Grass said on Tuesday his literary achievements were being denigrated following his belated admission that he had served in the Waffen SS during World War Two. "What I'm experiencing is an attempt to make me persona non grata, to cast doubt about everything I did in my life after that," Grass said. "And that later life was marked by shame." In an interview with ARD television ahead of the publication of his autobiography...

2006-08-14 08:36:26

By Malgorzata Rakowiec GDANSK, Poland (Reuters) - Poland's ruling party called on German author Guenter Grass on Monday to give up his honorary citizenship of the port city Gdansk after his belated confession that he was once a member of Hitler's Waffen SS. The admission from the 78-year-old, famous for his 1957 novel "The Tin Drum," came in a newspaper interview on Saturday before the release in September of his autobiography "Peeling Onions" in which he explains why he joined at...

2006-08-13 12:43:34

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Nobel prize-winning author Guenter Grass has come under attack from writers, literary critics, historians and politicians for his belated confession he was once a member of Hitler's Waffen SS. The shock admission from the 78-year-old, famous for his 1957 novel "The Tin Drum," came in a newspaper interview on Saturday before the release in September of his autobiography "Peeling Onions" in which he explains why he joined at age 17....

2006-08-13 07:20:40

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's Nobel prize-winning author Gnter Grass has come under attack from writers, literary critics, historians and politicians for his belated confession he was once a member of Hitler's Waffen SS. The shock admission from the 78-year-old, famous for his 1957 novel "The Tin Drum," came in a newspaper interview on Saturday before the release in September of his autobiography "Peeling Onions" in which he explains why he joined at age 17....

2006-08-11 14:45:00

BERLIN (Reuters) - 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...


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