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Herbert Wehner was my father

August 15 2006 at 12:42 PM
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I was in Hitler's SS, admits Günter Grass
By Kate Connolly in Berlin

(Filed: 12/08/2006)

Germany was rocked by the revelations last night that Günter Grass, its greatest living author and doyen of the Left, was a member of Hitler's elite Waffen-SS.

The Nobel laureate, who has been the country's moral guide for decades, admitted in an interview published today that he became a member of the infamous Nazi corps at the age of 17.

Günter Grass: Writing was a way for him to deal with his guilt

The 78-year-old said he was driven by feelings of guilt to reveal the details of his "shameful" past in his autobiography, Peeling the Onion, due to be published next month.

"It was weighing on my mind. My silence over all these years is one of the reasons why I decided to write this book. I forced myself to do it," he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper.

Asked why he was breaking his silence after more than 60 years, Grass said: "It had to come out finally." He added: "It will stain me forever."

The SS, whose hand-picked members were condemned as criminals at the Nuremberg trials, in particular for their active participation in the Holocaust, was the dominant force within the Nazi party.

Its members initially volunteered, but after 1944, as Germany's military strength was weakening, members were drafted at random from the male population. Grass, who had volunteered for the submarine forces at the age of 15 to "get away from the family" but had been rejected, was recruited into the SS in the winter of 1944-45.

Asked when he had first realised that he was in the SS, Grass replied: "I'm not sure how it was. Did the draft order give it away, or on the letterhead? The rank of the signatory? Or did I first notice it when I arrived in Dresden?" He said at the time that there was nothing "repulsive" about the SS to him.

He did not give any details as to whether he knew whether his division, the 10th Tank Division Fundsberg was involved in any atrocities, but claimed that he never fired a single shot. He stressed his youthful naivety, and his desperation to get out of the corps because he found it gruelling.

"It was very hard. It was all there was. The only question you asked was: 'How do I get out of it?' So I infected myself with jaundice, but that only helped for a few weeks. Then the grind began again and an inadequate training with ageing equipment. In any case, I had to write about it."

He said his feelings of guilt developed only in later years. "It was always combined with the question: 'Could you not have realised at that point what was happening to you?' "

Grass, the author of dozens of plays and 11 novels, the most famous of which, The Tin Drum, is an examination of wartime Germany, has long been seen as the embodiment of the German zeitgeist. Throughout his career he has famously criticised those unwilling to deal with Germany's Nazi past.

Grass said in the interview that he wanted to dispel the notion that Germans were unwilling victims of Hitler. Germans, he said, were enthusiastic supporters of the Nazi regime. "Of course they were seduced as well, but many were involved with enthusiasm.

"I wanted to trace the origins of this enthusiasm and the reasons behind it. I did this in The Tin Drum and again, half a century later, that's what my new book is also about." He said his writing was a way for him to deal with his personal guilt.

Until now it had been thought that Grass had been called up as an anti-aircraft auxiliary in 1944.

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November 23 2006, 12:22 PM 

Sehr geehreter Herr !
Soeben kam folgende meldung aus dem Fernschreiber.
Bitte fertigen Sie in Ihrem Bannkreis daraus ein entsprechendes Schema - z.B. in Form eines etwa 4 stöckigen Hauses in dem unter Aufsicht einer befugten Person der Akt wiederholt werden kann.

Originaltext des hier vorliegenden Papiers:
Als eine meiner Hinterlassenschaften vermache ich der Christlichen Gemeinde folgende Anordnung:
Wer Frauen schändet oder gegen ihren gemeinsamen Wunsch auf dem Fell des Heiligen Tieres benutzt um Profit daraus zu schlagen, dessen Hab und Gut soll in künftige Kalkulationen der
Distanz zwischen mir und dir mit einbezogen werden.

gez. Michael Müller am 14.8. 1996 in Kaufbeuren

Die internationale Fahnen-Aktion zu "16 Tage gegen Gewalt an Frauen" weht heuer im Zeichen einer neuen Kampagne gegen häusliche Gewalt
Kremmen - Um ein Zeichen gegen Gewalt an Frauen zu setzen, kann mensch sich auch dieses Jahr wieder der von "Terre des femmes" ins Leben gerufenen Fahnenaktion anschließen. Zwischen dem 25. November, dem Internationalen Tag gegen Gewalt an Frauen, und dem 10. Dezember (Tag der Menschenrechte), werden überall auf der Welt Fahnen gehisst, um auf Gewalt gegen Frauen in der Familie und in der Gesellschaft aufmerksam zu machen.

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