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Günter Grass has died at age 87

The tin Drum

The Nobel Prize winning German author passed away at the age of 87.  One of his most notable works, The Tin Drum was the first in the Danzig Trilogy and followed by Cat and Mouse and Dog Years.  Günter Grass was praised for giving German culture a revival in the post World War II era and bringing forward a new voice.

His memoir Peeling the Onion, shocked many people as he admitted to having been enlisted in the Waffen SS at age 17.  People wanted him stripped of his Nobel Prize and his honourary citizenship revoked. Despite the anger toward Grass, the book itself was praised for its depiction of post war Germany.  Grass wanted the truth to come out and this was one of the reasons he wrote the memoir.

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