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April 17, 2012 11:15 am

Report: Gunter Grass Suffers Heart Attack, Admitted to Hospital

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The German author and former Nazi SS member who sparked a worldwide debate over his poem “What Must Be Said” and who was barred from Israel over the poem’s contents – which included a statement that Israel is a greater threat to global stability then Iran – has been admitted to a German hospital, reportedly after suffering a heart attack.

A hospital in Hamburg, Germany would not confirm details of the reason for Grass’s admittance but German media reports suggested a heart attack.

Grass’s poem, which was published in German but can be read in English, drew a response from Israel’s Prime Minister shortly after its publication

“The shameful comparison that Gunter Grass made between Israel and Iran, a regime which denies the Holocaust and calls for Israel’s destruction, says very little about Israel and a great deal about Mr. Grass,” said Benjamin Netanyahu.

After the Israeli government banned Grass’s travel to the Jewish state, he responded by likening the decision to ban him to something that would have happened in former East Germany.

The 84 year old hid his involvement in the Nazi SS for decades before revealing the truth.

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  • rofedoc

    “I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you” (G-D to Abraham)

  • becky blanton

    Soon enough he will meet G-d and I am confident it will get figured out.

  • The word schadenfreude comes to mind.

  • Gerhard A. Fuerst

    Denounce a man of literature for writing a poor poem!
    Guenter Grass, by all indications and historical records, was conscripted into the military in which he served all of 2-3 months. What proof is there that he had been an enthusiastic regime loyalist, other than a very impressionable teenager of about 17 years of age at the time? His brief stint in the military, regardless of the type, was not of his choosing. He did not volunteer for that particular effort. The fact that he did become a man of letters of considerable renown does not mean anything? The fact that he spoke out against the politics of war does not matter? He did not assail the country or the culture! He did not condemn or denounce the people, their history, their faith, their language! He expressed an opinon openly and freely about politics and policies, and it is my understanding that such expressions of opposition to those very same policies are also raised within…not just coming from without! Will all of these internal regime opponents also be publicly assailed and denounced and publicly pilloried, or are they merely making use of contitutionally guaranteed rights to speak openly and freely. So where or what is the difference? Just wondering!? I am willing to learn! Please advise!

    • concerned citizen

      Grass has the right to speak up and encourage the new breed of anti-Semites, via Israel. And the leaders of the State of the Jews who he attacked and their supporters around the world have a right to speak up as well.

      • Being of a Jewish survivor family from Warsaw and Lublin I also have a right to freedom of expression and I say that Gunter Grass is correct to criticize Germany for having sold a submarine to Israel that is nuclear missile capable. The matter of his being conscripted by the Nazi regime as a teenager is irrelevant. We do not need a European nation-State that generates war after war, even if it is called ‘Israel’.

  • Al Redwood

    Will they blame the Jews for his health condition?
    Does the world community needs to be occupied with the
    well being of a loyal servant of Adolf Hitler?

  • contains daily updated links the 100 of different positive and negative positions taken on the Grass anti-war poem controversy.