Friday, April 17, 2015
German Novelist Gunter Glass Passes
Frank Jackman comment:
All kinds of people, personally good or bad, hypocrites or truth-tellers, have created great world literature. And that accrues to the benefit of humankind. Leon Trotsky, the great Russian revolutionary and no mean man with a literary pen noted that someone like Celine had written a great book in the case of Journey To The End Of The Night even though his abhorred his politics. That is the case with Gunter Grass and The Tin Drum and his other works. His late revelation that he was a member of the Waffen SS, an elite organization that you just did not walk into off of the street and join without being vetted is another matter. Perhaps they should have made more room in Nuremburg for those like Grass and his ilk who did the dirty deeds of war and then walked away scot-free. History will not be kind to his memory.